Women's Project Opens 2004 Season With Antigone Project, Offering Sophocles Via Five Modern Writers

News   Women's Project Opens 2004 Season With Antigone Project, Offering Sophocles Via Five Modern Writers Women's Project & Productions, in association with Crossing Jamaica Avenue, presents Antigone Project, a collaboration of five award-winning writers who create their own takes on Sophocles' tale of injustice and defiance.

The 70-minute work premieres Oct. 13 at The Julia Miles Theater, WPP's recently-renamed space on West 55th Street.

Penning Antigone Project are Tanya Barfield (The Houdini Act), Karen Hartman (Gum), Chiori Miyagawa (Broken Morning), Lynn Nottage (Intimate Apparel) and Caridad Svich (The Booth Variations).

Conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck, Antigone Project is billed as "a groundbreaking collaboration" that marks the inaugural season of Loretta Greco as the producing artistic director of Women's Project & Productions. "From an imagined Antigone Museum, to a princess of privilege courted by a surfer, these playwrights take on the state of our world from the perspective of an individual woman confronting authority," according to production notes.

The handful of writers are allied with a handful of directors: Annie Dorsen, Dana Iris Harrel, Anna Kauffman, Barbara Rubin and Liesl Tommy.

The cast of Antigone Project includes Joey Collins, Angel Desai, Jeanine Serralles, DeSean Terry, April Yvette Thompson and Tracie Thoms. The set design is by Rachel Hauck, the lighting design is by Sarah Sidman, the costume design is by Elizabeth Hope Clancy, the original music and sound design is by Rob Kaplowitz and the projection design is by Nick Schwartz-Hall.

Performances continue to Nov. 7 at The Julia Miles Theater, 424 W. 55th Street (between Ninth and Tenth Avenues), named for the founder of WPP. Opening is Oct. 24.

The performance schedule for Antigone Project is Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. A performance has been added on Oct. 17 at 2 PM.

Tickets are $47. For information, call Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200.

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The upcoming productions for the 2004-2005 WPP season include:

  • The Best of Both Worlds, the latest musical offering from the innovative Obie Award-winning team of director Diane Paulus (The Donkey Show), librettist-lyricist Randy Weiner and composer Diedre Murray (Running Man), Dec. 2-Jan. 2, 2005. The work is "a funkified re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s romance, A Winter's Tale. Set in the kingdom of Groovonia, the musical will feature the sounds of soul and rhythm-and-blues."
  • A world premiere play from one of the Women's Project's cadre of playwrights. It will be directed by Loretta Greco and run Feb. 15, 2005-March 13, 2005.
  • Jeanine Serralles (left) and Angel Desai in <i>Antigone Project</i>
    Jeanine Serralles (left) and Angel Desai in Antigone Project Photo by T. Charles Erickson