by Estelle Rosen
Harrison Collett is a U2 Political Science/Theatre student. This is his first foray into direction, having only previously appeared on the McGill stage in productions such as Cloud 9, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Timon of Athens.
COLLETT: The actual myth of Antigone has been of enormous interest to me ever since I was in high school, where I read the Sophoclean iteration. I later read Anouilh’s version with the context in which it was written in mind, and fell in love with his poetic re-imagining.
The reason that I chose Anouilh’s re-imagining, however, was because of the immediacy of the issues espoused in the play. The story’s conflict revolves around the premise that there is no villain despite all the tragedy occurring, and that everything that happens to the characters is unavoidable. It’s a serious critique of society in the 20th and 21st century, and the disjunction between the individual and the state.