Blue Slipper Theatre brings to life a classic Greek tragedy

The story of “Antigone” an ancient tale of family and morality, will come to the Blue Slipper Theatre stage starting Friday.

Originally written by Sophocles in 441 B.C. in Greece and translated by Robert Bragg, “Antigone” begins after two brothers, Eteokles and Polyneikes, lead opposite sides in Thebes’ civil war and die fighting each other. Kreon, the new ruler of Thebes, has decided that one brother will be honored and the other will receive public shame. Antigone, their sister, wants to bury Polyneikes in defiance of Kreon’s wishes and is arrested. Antigone argues with Kreon about the morality of both of their actions. Antigone refuses to back down, and she is sentenced to death, while Kreon’s own rigidity eventually causes a downfall of himself, his family and Thebes.

Director Kory Gunderson said the show has been a favorite of hers for a long time, so it made sense for her to bring it to life.

“It seemed like the right moment to put it on stage,” Gunderson said.

She explained that despite the time period in which the show was written, many of the issues are things we deal with today.

Taking on the opposing roles is Meriweather Campell as Antigone and Michael Beehler as Kreon. The show also stars Rebecca and Dale Ruhd, Sherry Pikul, Ian Kellett and Sally Plumb.

The show was also able to incorporate several community members and business that offered services for the performance. This includes Jaimie Islay’s service learning class at Park High School. Students taking part in the class built the sets. Design features include classic elements as well as a unique use of colors, textures and light, Gunderson said.

She said despite the tragic nature of the show, it also offers some hope.

“”The most surprising thing about watching a tragedy is how much better you feel by confronting something difficult,” Gunderson said.

“Antigone” will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays until March 4.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth 18 years and younger. They are available at brownpaper-