The purpose of this assignment is to further facilitate your appreciation of a theatrical performance, understanding of how theatre evolved, identification of the basic elements of theatre, understanding of how theatre generates meaning, examination of the uses of theatre, and ability to be a more informed audience member by taking you from “page to stage.” In Chapter 1 of Theatrical Worlds (pages 39-45, “How to Read a Play,”) you read about the Greek tragedy Oedipus by Sophocles. You will continue with this story and read the play Antigone by Sophocles. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14484/14484-h/14484-h.htm In addition to your reading, view the excerpts from the National Theatre’s contemporary version of Antigone and their short videos of introduction to Greek Theatre and Tragedy below. Submit your answers to ALL of the following questions to the Assignment tool entitled Extra Credit (see link below):
1. In your own words, identify the following in Antigone:
· Plot summary
· Point of Attack
· Protagonist & Antagonist
· Rising & Falling Action
2. How do you see the theme of “fate” as alike or different when comparing Sophocles’ Oedipus and Antigone?
3. How do you see the issues presented in the play Antigone relating to people and/or events in 2015?
4. How do you see Antigone relating to Rites.Rights.Writes. and this year’s this year’s theme, “It’s your Nature”?
5. Discuss the National Theatre’s contemporary version of Antigone. Did you like it? Why/why not?
6. After learning about Greek tragedy, how do you see it relating to the dramas/characters (plays or movies) of today?
7. How do you see Greek Theatre as alike or different when compared to the theatre of today?