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The Antigone of Sophocles

Ira Avneri

Translated by: Hanan Elstein

Adaptation and director: Ira Avneri

Lighting Design: Yaron Abulafia

Scenography and Costumes design: Dina Konson

Sound Design: Sharon Gabai

Puppet Design: Gony Paz

Sculpture: Igor Gavrilov

Director Assistant and Stage Manager: Tal Grutz


Performed by:
Benjamin David Eldar, Shiri Golan, Michael Handelzalts, Michal Weinberg, Keren Tzur, Eran Sarel


Photos by © Yossi Zwecker

The Antigone of Sophocles is Bertolt Brecht's stage adoptation, following a translation by Hölderlin.
Brecht's adaptation of Antigone is arguably among his most important works, highlighting the rise of Fascism in the 'cultural' modern society, and the difficulties to foster a social change and reforming a new, morally-driven society.



Set in various locations within the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv, the production begins with a modern World War II scene.
Two sisters discover that their brother, a soldier, has returned from the battlefield. They nourish him but then discover that he is a deserter, a crime for which he is lynched and hanged in the street.



This first scene with the deserting soldier in World War II recalls Polynices' death, marking the first and dramatically key event in Sophocles' Antigone. Later, the play generally follows the sequence of events by Sophocles, but with emphasis on the dynamics of totalitarianism, coruption and the high prices of war.