Sophocles’ Antigone

Presented by the 2012 Classical Greek Theater Festival

September 22-23 & 29-30

Experience Classical Greek Theater in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre. Bring breakfast and a blanket, and enjoy your morning in the garden with this live theater performance of traditional Greek plays. Traditionally, Greek Theater is performed at dawn, but our performances begin at 9:00 am, with a special pre-show discussion starting at 8:30 am.

In a time of protests and the fall of tyrants Sophocles’ Antigone seems both timely and timeless. At its root are the basic conflicts between individual and state, human and divine law, logic and passion, conflicts between the genders and generations. The play first and foremost tells the tale of a young woman whose actions are motivated by family, concern for the unwritten law of the gods and the duty to bury her dead brother, leading directly to her trial and death. But the play also focuses on the tragic downfall of Creon whose single-minded devotion to the state results in the loss of both wife and son. A plot pattern of divine punishment involving Creon emerges from Antigone’s self-sacrifice. The double plot action is counter-pointed by one of Sophocles’ most rich, dense and lyrical choruses, whose famous “Ode to Man” seems to encapsulate 5th century Athens with all its tensions. This play fascinates philosophers for its interplay of ideas, fascinates the cultural historians for its look at 5th century Athens, and fascinates the modern playgoer for its fast-paced plot, complex and contradictory characters, and almost inevitable movement toward tragic loss and death.

In the fall of 2012 Westminster College will present Sophocles’ Antigone in a totally new and ancient/modern production directed by Larry West. It will feature original movement and dance by choreographer Darlene Casanova, an original design for set and costumes, and a recent American translation by Marianne McDonald as acting script. Performances at the Red Butte Garden Amphitheater are September 22-23 & 29-30 at 9:00am. An orientation lecture by the dramaturge will begin thirty minutes before each performance. For additional information please email Artistic Director Jim Svendsen at or call 801-581-9706.

Tickets are available through the Red Butte Garden ticket office at the Visitor Center, online, or over the phone at (801) 585-0556.

$7 for children ages 3-17 and Students with a Valid ID
$10 for Red Butte Garden members
$15 for the general public

Garden memberships are available at the time of purchase. Enter at the Amphitheatre gates.

Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre


Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

*On days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, garden hours are 9AM-5PM

Only Service Animals are allowed in the garden


Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Seniors (ages 65+): $10
Military w/ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $10
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


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Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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