Big Dance Theater’s Antigonick is a rough cut of Anne Carson’s one-act, radical-feminist, philosophical take on Sophocles’ Antigone. In Carson’s theatrical perspective on Antigone’s role as a humanist and antagonist, the intellectual excitement of Antigonick lies in how she loses, why her peaceful resistance matters, and the sobering consequences of the Antigone/Kreon face-off.

Big Dance Theater first workshopped this play, directed by Paul Lazar, in 2016 at Suzanne Bocanegra and David Lang’s Home Theater. In 2017, Antigonick was commissioned and Originally Produced by Williamstown Theatre Festival with the support of Mandy Greenfield. The original group in the cast included Yvonne Rainer, Chris Giarmo, Kirstin Sieh, and Sheena See. Both of those iterations were directed by Paul Lazar and co-directed by Annie-B Parson, with original sound design by Chris Giarmo, and produced by Aaron Mattocks.


Williamstown Theater Festival
Summer 2017

November 14-17, 2018
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY

January 24-26, 2020
Carolina Performing Arts
Chapel Hill, NC


Directed by Annie-B Parson
Performed by Vinie Burrows, Stacy Dawson Stearns, Elizabeth DeMent, Theda Hammel, Anne Gridley, Jennie MaryTai Liu, Jody McAulife , Eliza Bent, Jeanine Durning, Sibyl Kempson, and Devika Wickremesinghe. 

First published Antigonick © Anne Carson, 2012. Used by permission of Anne Carson and Aragi, Inc.

Set Design by Joanne Howard
Lighting Design by Madeline Best
Sound Design by Theda Hammel and Chris Giarmo
Costume Design by Suzanne Bocanegra
Choreography by Annie-B Parson and The Company

Associate Director and Stage Manager Ilana Khanin
Assistant Director Catherine Galasso
Producer Sara Pereira da Silva
Interns Stephen Smith and Martin Rukaj

Photography by Maria Baranova at Abrons Arts Center and Kent Corley & Carolina Performing Arts. 

Commissioned by Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director. Antigonick was presented by Abrons Arts Center with generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Photos by Maria Baranova