Upstart Crows


Young Actors Producing

Their Own Theater

Upstart Crows Productions presents: Burial at Thebes: A Version of Sophocles' Antigone by Seamus Heaney. Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. Actors age 10-22 are invited to audition. Auditions will be held at: Madison Central Library, Room 111 201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI 53703 Audition dates: May 7 from 1 - 5pm May 13 from 1 - 5 pm No preparation necessary. Sides will be provided. Please bring resume and headshot. Casting is gender- and ethinicity-blind. All are invited to audition! For more information, contact us at or 608-827-9482. Dress rehearsal and performances at: Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison, 53711 Dress rehearsal July 26, 5-10pm Performances July 27, 28, 29 at 7:00pm Rehearsal schedule and location TBD. For more information, contact us at or 608-827-9482. Upstart Crows is a cooperative youth theater company. All actors are asked to make a contribution toward production expenses and/or to help with fundraising. Scholarships are available. Financial need is no barrier to being cast in a Crows production. If you'd like to be involved with future productions, go to "Get Involved" and enter in your information and a message.