A second version of Sophocles' Antigone is now trodding the boards in Los Angeles, joining Cornerstone Theatre Company's adaptation of the classical Greek drama which has been playing in the cavernous Subway Terminal Building in downtown L.A. The new production is translated, adapted and staged by Stuart Rogers and is on tap at the Jewel Box Theatre Center, running in repertory with the comedy Smoke Screen through Sept. 3.
Starring as Creon is Walter Olkewicz, who has had a thirty-year career as an actor in theatre, films and TV. He is perhaps best known for his 3 1/2-year run on ABC's hit comedy "Grace Under Fire."
Rogers has set his modern-dress Antigone in contemporary Queens at the height of a violent mob take-over attempt. Rogers was raised in an Equity family and has taken part in over fifty Equity productions. He is a director for Circle West and the artistic director of Theatre Tribe, which is in residence at JBTC.
Jewel Box Theatre Center is located at 1951-1959 Cahuenga Blvd. For tickets and information call (323) 469-4431.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent