Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes at the New Workshop Theater, December 8-11

Brooklyn, NY — The Brooklyn College Theater Department presents Seamus Heaney’s 2003 play The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone directed by Johnmichael Rossi at the New Workshop Theatre, December 8- 11. Seats: $5.

In this classic retelling, written during the months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Irish poet and Nobel Prize-winning author Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles’ exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual’s human rights and those who protect the state’s security. After the War of the Seven against Thebes, Antigone learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced to fight on opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, King of Thebes, grants burial to one but forbids it to the “treacherous” other, Antigone defies his order believing it hr duty to bury all of her close kin.

The Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone will be staged in the 120-seat New Workshop Theater in Whitman Hall, Thursday through Saturday, December 8-10, 8 p.m., with special matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (718) 951-4500 or visit the Theater Department Web page.