1 January 1967
31 December 1969
Degree of relationship to ancient play:
In 1967 Brecht's adaptation of Antigone was in turn adapted by Judith Malina, co-founder of the experimental Living Theatre in New York, while she was in prison for political protest. Malina replaced Brecht's naturalistic prologue with a dance composition representing the battle between Thebes and Argos. The actors of the Chorus chanted and droned before dividing into antagonistic groups and circling each other in ritualistic dance. In a political gesture designed to provoke comparisons with the contemporary Vietnam War, the audience of Malina's Antigone was forced to enter the dramatic action, functioning as members of the Argive army that was attacking Thebes.
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