Antigone's Sister

FULL LENGTH Winner of the Richard Maibaum Award for plays addressing social justice. Ismene, Antigone's sister, relives the events that led to Antigone's imprisonment/death, from her own imprisonment in the same cave where she now faces the same choices Antigone did at her end, and in looking back Ismene shows us the steps that led not only to Antigone's tragedy, but also to Antigone's...
FULL LENGTH Winner of the Richard Maibaum Award for plays addressing social justice. Ismene, Antigone's sister, relives the events that led to Antigone's imprisonment/death, from her own imprisonment in the same cave where she now faces the same choices Antigone did at her end, and in looking back Ismene shows us the steps that led not only to Antigone's tragedy, but also to Antigone's greatness as she opens Ismene's eyes to the idea that women are also human.
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Antigone's Sister

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  • Christopher Soucy:
    26 Mar. 2022
    I have always likened playwriting to poetry. Capturing big ideas in compressed bursts of words and rhythms. Emma Goldman-Sherman’s work epitomizes this notion. It is pure poetry. Riveting and unrelenting. A testimony to how the heart of a story can beat for over a thousand years and still be vital and resonant.
  • Alli Hartley-Kong:
    13 Mar. 2022
    A powerful retelling of the Antigone story that feels resonant and timely. I'm especially impressed by the structure of this play and the effective use of the ensemble parts and the chorus. The play does an excellent job of complicating the idea of reluctant rebel women, and I will be thinking about this play long after I am done reading it. I hope to see it staged one day!
  • Molly Wagner:
    16 Aug. 2021
    I have always been drawn to the dichotomy between Antigone and Ismene and this play does a fantastic job of examining the feminine power each character possesses. The theatricality of exploring what we as women owe to ourselves and each other is really remarkable and I love the convention of an all female cast!

Production History

  • University
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    University of Iowa Festival Production, Thayer Theatre
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    1995