Antigone - NIU - School of Theatre and Dance


By Jean Anouillh

Jean Anouilh's retelling of Sophocles' Greek tragedy by the same name, Antigone is set in the time period it was written - at the height of World War II, when Occupied France was part of Hitler's Third Reich. Inspired in 1942 by the real-life "heroic, gratuitous and futile" solitary act of a man who fired upon and wounded members of the French collaborative Vichy government, Anouilh's Antigone stands by her beliefs in what is right and just against an authoritarian regime, knowing her defiance means her certain death. Mirroring the all too real predicament of the French people in the grip of tyranny, Anouilh's play is one of the masterpieces of the modern French stage.