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Regional Premiere of “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts” at Rep Stage This February

Update: praises the play as "bold and profound." Read the full review here.

Columbia, MD – Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 23rd season with “Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts,” conceived by Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck and written by Karen Hartman, Tanya Barfield, Caridad Svich, Lynn Nottage and Chiori Miyagawa. It is directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage’s co-producing artistic director. Five award-winning female playwrights bring five very different explorations of Sophocles’ tragedy to life. “Antigone Project: a Play in 5 Parts” reconsiders this classic story from a variety of rich and radical perspectives of race, class and gender. With such settings as World War I, a modern African Village and the underworld of Hades, we see a sister’s love and devotion through many lenses in a work that The New York Times lauded as “engaging, seductive and wildly divergent.”

“Antigone Project” opens February 17, 2016, with a limited run through March 6 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC. For tickets and additional information, visit or call the box office at 443-518-1500. The press performance is Friday, February 19 at 8 p.m. For press reservations, contact Zheyan Damavandi in the Rep Stage office at 443-518-1510 or email

The Women’s Project & Productions first produced “The Antigone Project: A Play in 5 Parts,” in association with Crossing Jamaica Avenue, to mark the inaugural season of Loretta Greco as its producing artistic director. The 70-minute play premiered October 13, 2004, at The Julia Miles Theater in New York. Calling the production a “groundbreaking collaboration,” Women’s Project & Productions’ original production notes also describe the play as the following: "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.”


Jonathan Feuer*

Kelly Renee Armstrong*              

Daniel Ayoola**

Katie Hileman**

Shannon L. Graham*     


Conceived by: Chiori Miyagawa and Sabrina Peck

Written by: Karen Hartman, Tanya Barfield, Caridad Svich, Lynn Nottage and Chiori Miyagawa

Director: Joseph W. Ritsch

Set Design: Jim Fouchard++

Light Design: Joseph Walls

Sound Design: William D’Eugenio

Costume Designer: Julie Potter

Props Designer: Mollie Singer

Projections Designer: Sarah Tundermann++

Stage Manager: Jessica Skelton*

Assistant Stage Manager: Niew Bharyaguntra**


* Members Actor’s Equity Association

** Equity Membership Candidate

++ Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE


Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 23rd season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC metro area theatre company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Howard County Government and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the Stage of Maryland and National Endowment of the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and Promotion. Rep Stage’s artistic leadership is helmed by co-producing artistic directors Suzanne Beal and Joseph Ritsch.

Topics: Arts & Culture
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