American Shakespeare Center returns to Sewanee with "Antigone" and "The Winter's Tale"

Thanks to a generous donation to the School of Letters, the American Shakespeare Center returns to Sewanee November 7 and 8 with Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. The performances in Guerry Auditorium are free and open to the public.

Antigone—Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with period music from the company beginning at that time.

In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’ drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law—and how love overcomes them all.

The Winter's Tale—Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. with period music from the company beginning at that time.

Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever achieved. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth.

View videos of English Department faculty members reflecting on some of the themes of The Winter's Tale

The performances are sponsored by the School of Letters, the Sewanee Performing Arts Series, the office of the Dean of the College, and the Classics, English, and Humanities Departments.