This article is also available in print: Quaker Campus, Volume 19 – Issue 6, dated Nov. 17, 2021, on the Whittier College campus.
Get ready for another production from the Whittier College Theater Department! Following the successful production of a radio version of Midsummer Night’s Dream, Whittier College’s Theater Department will be live streaming Antigone, produced by Visiting Lecturer Katie Liddicoat, for four consecutive days, from Dec. 2 – 5, on Vimeo.
Obviously, due to persistent COVID-19 restrictions, Antigone cannot have an in-person audience. However, Antigone will still have a “live” performance; Video Production Studios, Whittier College’s student-run film organization, will record this performance right before Thanksgiving break.
With a growing team, including President Jakob Rippe, Vice President Donald Harris (who is a cast member in Antigone), Equipment Manager Lach Davidson, and other general members, VPS will do a multicam filming of Antigone. This is the first time VPS has had the opportunity to do a multicam filming, thanks to technology that the Theater Department recently purchased. This will open up opportunities for VPS to do more livestream performances in the future. “It is also a great step for VPS to collaborate with the theater department to work on productions together,” said Rippe.
Per the Whittier College Department of Theatre, Film, & Communication Arts Facebook page, the cast of Antigone is excited to share their production with the Whittier College community. The cast includes:
Jillian Weber — Antigone
Joel Adele — Creon
Vega Sherman Seitz — Eurydice
JJ Trimble — Haemon
Julia Centeno — Ismene/Boy
Donald Harris — Teiresias/ Guard
Aidan Alvarez — Messenger
Geffen Chang — Soldier
Theo Stevens — Chorus 1
Justin Holoman — Chorus 2
Katrina Therese Calzado Ferrer — Chorus 3
Ali Amaya — Chorus 4
As a very feminist piece from a pre-feminist era of Greek tragedy, Antigone is the perfect play if you are looking something very immediate to modern times. This is what Theo Stevens, who will play as ‘Chorus 1’ in the play, has been most surprised by in the rehearsal process. “I’m really excited,” they said. “I think that, as a team, we worked really hard to bring something that’s so full of ancient, verbose language to immediacy. I’m part of the chorus, who act as the backbone of the show and gives [Antigone] more depth [and] emotional reaction.”
Harris, who acts as Teiresias/Guard and works as the assistant stage manager, is interested in being able to see both sides of the performance simultaneously. While he is also very excited about the production, he has been riddled with COVID anxiety throughout the play. Being that “we are recording without masks, there’s anxiety [surrounding COVID-19],” he said. So far, the performers have been practicing fully masked, and they all tested on Sunday, Nov. 14, with no positive results. They will also be tested following the three consecutive days that will be spent recording on the play — Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Nov. 17 – 19.
Antigone will be available to interested students when we return to campus. It will be a nice stress relief to watch as we creep into finals, so keep an eye out for it!
Featured Photo Courtesy of Whittier College Department of Theatre, Film, and Communications’ Facebook