WEST COAST PREMIERE! They all have a million secrets. What's so bad about this one? The St. Catherine's drama club is struggling to put up its first school play - Sophocles' "Antigone." As if staging this tragedy in an all-girls Catholic school isn't challenging enough, the cast's beloved director ends up betraying them in an unforgivable way - and it's almost opening night! The cast must figure out the right course of action, all while rehearsing a classic play about impossibly difficult choices. What is the right thing to do? And must the show go on?
Performing on the Broadwater Main Stage (Entrance at 1078 Lillian Way)
"...gripping and engaging..." -Stage Raw
Friday, March 13: DONATE WHAT YOU CAN. It's "Pay What You Can" with a twist! Half of all proceeds for this performance will be donated to Five Acres. Since their beginnings as an orphanage in downtown Los Angeles, Five Acres has been committed to strengthening children and families and empowering them within their communities. Now as one of the county's oldest nonprofits, today they strive for permanency: a permanent, loving family for every child in our care. We offer a full continuum of care for children and families in crisis, including foster care, adoption, deaf services, therapeutic residential care for foster youth and community-based mental/behavioral health programs.
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Madeleine Hernandez as Greta
Emma Mercier as Marilyn
Scarlet Sheppard as Susan
Jessica Ma as Tamsin
Jenny Griffin as Anna
Chloe Wray Gonzalez as Lily
Luis Fernandez-Gil as Jamie/Mr. Reed
Sydney Ashe as Greta
Cameron Cipolla as Marilyn
Christina Burdette as Susan
Amber Li as Tamsin
Jessie Bias as Anna & Lily
Robert Paterno as Jamie/Mr. Reed
Produced for Sacred Fools by Jax Ball
Associate Producers - Jessie Bias & Suze Campagna
Stage Manager - Aaron Saldaña
Assitant Stage Manager - Sasha King
Lighting Design - Kaitlin D Chang
Set Design - Amanda Knehans
Costume Design - Nancy Dobbs Owen
Sound Design - Dennis Peraza
Prop Designer - Sam Squeri
Vocal Coach - Aviva Pressman
Dialect Coach - Tim Kopacz
Voice Over - Brenda Varda
Intimacy Coordinator - Jenifer Yeuroukis
Show Photography - Jessica Sherman Photography
Key Art - FLuX
- Sacred Fools Company Member
St. Catherine's Catholic girls' school is bringing back drama club - and the show must go on. But what if that means covering up a scandal that has the potential to ruin not only their production of Antigone, but the lives of teachers and students alike? Sacred Fools Theater Company's production of Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's, is the West Coast premiere of Madhuri Shekar's play about friendship, first loves, and breaking the silence.
For the girls of St. Catherine's, the real drama is behind the scenes. Greta (Madeleine Hernandez) is playing Ismene, although she secretly wishes she was playing Antigone. Her best friend Marilyn is playing Antigone, but she's more interested in her charming and passionate drama teacher Mr. Reed (Luis Fernandez-Gil) than she is in the play. When Greta discovers a shocking secret, she must grapple with her own sense of morality and duty. Hernandez as Greta and Scarlet Sheppard as Susan - the head girl who is entrusted to protect her peers and help run the drama club - deliver the most grounded and nuanced performances... In Greta and Susan, we see the Greek tragedy play out. Do they stand up for what's right and risk everything, or swallow injustice in order to keep the peace?
...Temporally, the play is firmly in the 90s - think uniforms accessorized with scrunchies and the Spice Girls as transition music. This allows the relationships between the girls to unfold without the influence of social media, isolating them from the outside world.
...the problems of these high schoolers are emphatically depicted with appropriately high stakes, making the story feel gripping and engaging. The slow-burn revelation of the girls' secret is achingly frustrating, made even more painful with the realization that knowledge doesn't always equate to power in a battle against authority.
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