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Afropunk meets Shakespeare Uptown in Antigone - Free in Marcus Garvey Park Harlem July 7 to 29 2018

From a release:

Antigone
Classical Theatre of Harlem
July 7 - July 29, 2018
Free and open to the public


• Directed by Carl Cofield
• The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
• Tuesdays through Sundays - 8.30pm start

NEW YORK CITY - It's not just Central Park downtown where you will find high end Shakespeare al fresco. Join CTH for its sixth season of free theatre performances in Marcus Garvey Park, affectionately known as the 'Uptown Shakespeare in the Park'. CTH presents “Antigone,” inspired by the Afropunk movement and derived from the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles.

Back for its sixth season of FREE theater performances in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, the company presents a work that showcases the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities. This modernized play showcases ancient ideas that have taken center stage in the current climate: order, law, justice and marginalized voices confronting power and patriarchy.

Set in the city of Thebes in a dystopian future, the struggle for power, glory and the claim to the city shatters the bonds of brotherhood, leaving two men lifeless. The new king proclaims one brother a hero and the other a usurper, leaving his limp body lying in the street as an example to those who dare act against the state. The citizens of the city avert their eyes due to fear, turning instead to their new leader who vows to restore order to the war torn city. But when the sister of the slain young brothers protests the edict, she breaks faith with everything she has ever known in order to set things right at any cost.

Calling on the cultural landscape of African-American traditions and inspired by the Afropunk movement, while also adhering to the Greek tragic form; this fresh reimagining of the classic story will captivate, stun and inspire audiences from all backgrounds.

Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
Enter the park from 124th Street and 5th Avenue. Walk south to the amphitheater.

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