CHICAGO, IL – Chicago. Present Day. Xtigone's brothers have both been killed in drive-by shootings by each other's rival gangs. Xtigone's uncle, Marcellus da Man (mayor), calls a press conference on CNN to announce that the bodies should be buried instead of uncovering the truth of violence in the streets of the City. Will Xtigone go against her powerful uncle and risk death by uncovering her brother's bodies? Using hip hop poetry, dance, and slick language, this re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community's truth. A potent tale of gun violence and political corruption, Xtigone feels particularly relevant in a city that struggles everyday with the right it’s moral compass.
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (CDE) is proud to present the midwest premiere of Xtigone, directed by ensemble member Alexander St. John. Xtigone runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 7 pm, May 15th – June 14th, 2015 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium (1650 W Foster at Paulina). Free street parking is available. Xtigone was developed at LaMaMa's International Symposium for Playwrights under the auspices of Pulitzer Prize Winner Lynn Nottage, and was a finalist for the Kennedy Center College theatre Festival.
CDE is dedicated to providing quality education and performance that provide students and audiences with a socially conscious message. For that reason we will be providing middle school and high school students with free admission to the performances. To reserve seats for students please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide school affiliation and number of students.
Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley Director: Alexander St. John* Assistant Director: Arlicia Ketchum Production Manager: Ashley Bowman* Executive Producer: Ellyzabeth Adler* Fight Choreography: Barbara Charlene Props Designer: Victoria Alvarez-Chacon Costume Designer: Kristen P. Ahern Set Designer: Michael Stults (Bread & Roses Productions) Choreography: Lisa Leszczewicz* & Kylee Wellons Lighting Designer: Michael Goebel (Bread & Roses Productions)
Cast: Tigs: BrittneyLove Smith, Marcellus: Lee Peters, Tea Flake: Allyce Torres, Fay: Corina Morris, Beau: Noor Hamdi, Chorus 1: Tiffany Small Henderson, Izzy: Maren Rosenberg* Chocolate Boy: Maria Jacobson, Chorus 2: Nichole Green, Old Blind Woman: Olivia Charles, Spirit: Victoria Alavarez-Chacon, Chorus 3: Matthew Webb*, Le Roi: Johnathan Wallace, Ernesto: Brian Boller* Chorus 4: Amy Gorelow, E-Mem: Kevin Hope, Brace: Breon Arzell