February 8, 2011 > 'Xtigone' performs one more time
'Xtigone' performs one more time
Submitted By Diane Daniel
For the second time in two years, a Cal State East Bay (CSUEB) Theatre and Dance production has been selected for the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) that will take place in mid-February at Humboldt State University.
To prepare for that honor, "Xtigone," a new adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy "Antigone" by Sophocles from contemporary playwright Nambi E. Kelley, will perform once more on the Hayward Campus.
Darryl V. Jones, director and associate professor of theatre and dance, attributes its recognition to a strong ensemble production in a new play that raises important questions. "I know that the set design by Regina Cate (professor of theatre and dance) was mentioned by the KCACTF responders as outstanding, as was Laura Ellis's choreography," said Jones.
The production incorporates African ritual with spoken word, hip-hop, and elevated text to re-tell an ancient tragedy in a modern setting where the tragedy is repeated daily in the streets of America and that is the gunning down of young people in endless gang warfare. "The playwright incorporates many styles in the play as if she were walking through the streets of Chicago and listening to the hip-hop on one corner, the blues coming out of the barber shop, the salsa blaring from an open car window, the boy on the corner 'talking smack' to his girl," said Jones.
Tickets are $15 for general admission; and $5 for CSUEB students with an ID. Tickets may be purchased at the University Bookstore, or reserved online at http://class.csueastbay.edu/theatre/Ticket_Reservations.php or by calling (510) 885-3118.
Saturday, February 12
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
Tickets: $15 for general, $5 for CSUEB students with an ID