When: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31 2019
Sophocles' classic tragedy Antigone has survived more than two millennia because of the undeniable truth at its core: When a person's faith is pitted against the demands of the state, faith will win, even if that means more punishment. Antigone is the daughter of the deceased king Oedipus, who has placed his kingdom in his brother Creon's hands. Creon rules that everyone who fought on the losing side of the recent civil war remain unburied and unmourned on pain of death. (In Greek culture, doing so damns the unburied to a hellish afterlife rather than the paradise of Elysium.) Antigone's brother, Polyneices, is one of those unburied, and she goes to bury him and is caught in the act. Her Uncle Creon demands to know why she did it, and Antigone tells him divine laws supersede his laws and will continue to defy him. For this, she's entombed alive, which sets off a string of horrible tragedies for Creon. ERA and Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble present a new version of Antigone that was workshopped and updated by Prison Performing Arts and Saint Louis University Theatre. The tragedy is performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (August 14 to 31) at the Chapel (6328 Alexander Drive; www.slighlyoff.org). Tickets are $20.