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Antigone Selected for KCACTF Region 5

scene from Antigone production
December 28, 2017

UMD Theatre to perform Antigone Encore performances on campus

UMD Theatre selected for KCACTF Regionals 

Duluth, MN - UMD Theatre is thrilled to announce the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) has again invited UMD to perform at the Region 5 Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. UMD Theatre presents Antigone written by Sophocles and translated by Don Taylor, which is one of only seven productions selected to perform in the seven-state KCACTF regionals. KCACTF regionals runs from January 21 - 27, 2018. 

 Due to the sold out September/October shows, and to help defray travel costs to KCACTF, UMD Theatre is hosting two encore performances of this highly acclaimed show:


Antigone | Encore Performances

Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Dudley Experimental Theatre | Marshall Performing Arts Center

Tickets go on sale Wed., Dec. 20, and will be available online at or by calling 218-726-8561. Prices are $30 for adults and $15 for Students. (Please note that the Box Office has very limited hours due to UMD's winter break. Regular box office hours resume on 1/10/18.)

Over the past 30 years, UMD Theatre has been selected 13 times to present at the KCACTF Regionals and has been chosen five times to perform at the National Festival held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  (Note: as of 2011, productions no longer compete at the National Festival level.) For more information about KCACTF visit

UMD Theatre accomplished this rare feat of back-to-back KCACTF touring productions once before with three back-to-back KCACTF productions in 2002, 2003 & 2004 (Movie Game,Blur and Lloyd's Prayer.)


Written by Sophocles and translated by Don Taylor 

Directed by Jenna Soleo-ShanksAntigone and Creon looking at each other in anger

One of the most enduring ancient tragedies presents universal questions of power and civic duty through a modern translation reflecting current political conflicts. Sophocles' play Antigone has uncanny parallels to contemporary American politics. 

When this play was translated by Don Taylor in 1986 he commented, "My main aim in making this new version of these much-translated works has been to make them seem that they were written not 2,500 years ago, but the day before, yesterday, today, and tomorrow."

"With his profound understanding of the human condition, prescient playwright Sophocles was able to speak through the ages, "knowing" that the moral clashes between the powers of the state and the rights of the individual would still be front and center in a far-off land in the year 2017." - Sheryl Jensen, Duluth News Tribune review (9/29/17)

Review (9/29/17) Duluth News Tribune:

Visit SFA's Vimeo account to view original promo of Antigone (Sept/Oct 2017)

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