March 19, 01

Vol. 16 , No. 07   


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Interact Theater Company: Antigone by Jean Anouilh
CAROL MAYO JENKINS, chorus
MONIQUE SIMS, Antigone
MARY CARVER, nurse
EMILY DESCHANEL, Ismene
JOSH ADELL, Haemon
STEVE GILBORN, Creon
LANCE DAVIS, first guard
GREG WHITE, second guard
MATT SULLIVAN, messenger
COSMO SHER, page
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2001

Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a make, and strike the other way.

-Warwick
in Jean Anouilh's The Lark

When, in 1944, Jean Anouilh loosed his venomous Antigone in the theater, it struck with full force and virulence upon the Vichy government and occupying Nazis. In Anouilh's adaptation of Sophocles' classic play, the titular heroine rejects the authoritarian King Creon and chooses to die rather than to live under oppression. The "snake" had indeed found and attacked the intended quarry.

In its continuing commitment to bring artistic, cultural, and musical events to the community, the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies proudly sponsors the Interact Theatre Company's production of Anouilh's Antigone. Interact is an independent collective, formed in North Hollywood in the early 1990's by transplanted, experienced New York stage actors. Since its first productions in 1992, it has received 53 awards and 91 nominations for its achievements in the theater. These include 17 nominations from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, four Theatre LA Ovation Awards (from nine nominations), five Back Stage West Garland Awards (as well as ten Honorable Mentions), and 22 Drama-Logue Awards. The Los Angeles Times has called Interact "one of the true theatre successes of the '90's," while Back Stage West has praised it for "sustained excellence in theatre."

Interact's repertory has been as comprehensive and exploratory as its community outreach. The annual Interactivity Festival, begun in 1994, has brought nearly 140 plays (classic, modern, and experimental), featuring over 350 actors, to some 5,000 patrons. Interplay, a Children's Theatre Workshop, affords culturally diverse and artistically underserved youth and their parents the opportunity to explore their natural creativity under the guidance and encouragement of skilled theater artisans.