Stay with us for the final event of the conference at 6 p.m.

This year we are adding a new and special feature to our graduate conference. In addition to the panels of speakers and keynote address, we will bring our conference to a close with a dramatic performance, a work in progress of the play Western. This is an original play written by Cristina Pérez Díaz, a second year PhD student in our program and co-chair of the conference. The play is a contemporary recreation of the stories of Antigone and her siblings (the sons of Oedipus). It uses scenes and themes taken from the tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides on the many misfortunes surrounding Oedipus’ family, but actualizes them to speak to our own contemporary struggles. The Sophoclean plot–the story of Antigone proper–usually understood as the conflict between the individual and the state, between the laws of the gods and the laws of men, is transferred to one of the most poignant contemporary issues in the United States and worldwide: the problem of national borders and migration. This Antigone is looking for a place to bury her dead brother Polyneices, and faces the troubles of being a foreigner who is denied the right to give burial to her brother. Through many absurd situations, after Beckett’s theatre of the absurd, the play fleshes out the relativity of the categories of citizenship and geo-political borders. It will be performed by students of our Classics program and members of an independent Brooklyn based theatre company, Caborca Theatre (http://caborcatheatre.org). This company hosts a playwright workshop, in which context the play was written over the course of the past two years. Javier González, artistic director of Caborca, will be directing this work in progress.

After the performance, there will be a talk back with actors, director, and playwright. The Social and Political Theory Student Association is joining us to close their workshop “State/Terror Interdisciplinary Theory Workshop” with the performance of this play, and Cody Campbell, a student in the Political Science program and one of the organizers of the theory workshop, has been invited to participate in the talk back.

This is the first time that our Classics program is producing a play and we are very excited about the particular novelty of this event! Join us and bring your friends!