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Arts & Entertainment - October 31, 2007

Middle East is setting for updated 'Antigone' staged at Menlo School

Menlo School presents an updated version of "Antigone" by Sophocles, set in modern times in the war-torn Middle East, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 1-4.

The play will be performed in Florence Moore Theatre on the campus, at 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

Menlo drama teacher Elizabeth Orr said that she wanted to do a Greek play this year "because we've never done one before and the Greek plays are the basis for our Western tradition of theater.

"I wanted to pay homage to that tradition and also show that something written over 2,000 years ago can be relevant to our experience today."

Menlo seniors Natalie Feldman as Antigone, Ryan Halprin as Creon the president, Faiz Abassi as his son Haemon (engaged to Antigone), and Jenny Jaffe as the blind profit Tiresias, lead the cast.

The cast also includes: juniors Hillary Clark as Ismene (Antigone's younger sister) and Alex Miller as Creon's wife, Eurydice; sophomores Brooke Jaffe and Matt Redmond; and freshmen Brian Cooper, Carly Cozad, Tucker King and Shannan Osaka.

"One of the most exciting things about the production is that a 2000 alum, Rahman Jamal McCreadie, composed original music for the show," said Ms. Orr. He and a small group of musicians will perform in the production.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with a matinee at 2 o'clock on Sunday as well. Tickets at $5 for students and $8 for adults are available at the Menlo campus bookstore or at the door.

For more information, call 330-2001, ext.2333.


Posted by MOO, a resident of Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:58 pm

There were two more freshmen cast members in this play. Their names were Katherine Strong and Micheal Schulze. Please put their names in. Thank you.