An unnamed Latin-American country is the setting for the Jean Anouilh Lewis Galantiere adaption of Sophocles' Antigone, the fifth play of Horse Cave Theatre's 1999 season. The 1940's drama runs at the Kentucky venue Sept. 17-Oct. 14.
Director Warren Hammack has moved the original Anouilh and Galantiere European setting to Latin America, where Creon is a military dictator repressing the idealism of Antigone. Anouilh set his 1943 version in Nazi-occupied Paris, carefully dancing between Nazi and Resistance views. When Galantiere brought the play to New York in 1946, he removed the Nazi-sympathetic views, strengthening the characters of the Chorus, Antigone and Haemon. This is the version that will be presented at the Horse Cave.
Shows at the Horse Cave run in a three play repertory. Antigone runs with Mark St. Germain's Camping With Henry & Tom (Aug. 13 Oct. 2) and Agatha Christie's mystery thriller, The Unexpected Guest (Oct. 15-31).
Begun in 1977, the Horse Cave presents a summer to fall season of comedies, farces, new works, and classic dramas. Past productions have included Jim Peyton's East of Nineveh, Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw and classics by Samuel Beckett, Georges Feydeau, Arthur Miller and William Shakespeare.