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ISU School of Performing Arts to Present: “The Burial at Thebes”

September 9, 2021

Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts will present The Burial at Thebes on Oct 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre in the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. 

“The Burial at Thebes” by Irish poet Seamus Heaney, is a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, Antigone. After the conclusion of a civil war, the king of Thebes begins to strengthen his city. A young woman goes against the king's decree which leads to brutal and catastrophic consequences. The hostile environment causes the characters to question their morals and beliefs, and they have to decide whether they believe in divine law or human law.

“The Department is thrilled to usher in the new school year with a strong season of shows to share with the entire community, said Show Director Joel Shura. “This particular adaptation offers our acting students an opportunity to work with powerful language, dangerously high stakes, and traditional Greek chorus work. On the production end, legitimate costumes and choral masks are being made from scratch while scenery and lighting are busily experimenting with brand new technologies and effects that I don’t want to spoil for audiences. It’s going to be a beautiful and tragic production – I cannot recommend it enough!”

Tickets are available now by calling box office manager Julie McKnight at (208) 282-3330, or purchasing online at isu.edu/tickets. Masks are required for all patrons and staff. 

If you are a Flex Pass holder, please call ahead to reserve your seat.


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