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“Xtigone” Premieres This Weekend

The African American Shakespeare company and CSU East Bay have come together to create a relatable and rhythmic version of a classic.

“Xtigone,” a modern adaptation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone,” is set to premiere at CSUEB’s University Theater this Friday night.

“Xtigone” is directed by CSUEB associate professor of theatre and dance Darryl Jones and written by Nambi E. Kelley, who grew up in the Projects of Chicago in the 1970s.

The music in “Xtigone” is by San Francisco actor, educator and musician Tommy Shepherd, and brings in a variety of styles, from jazz, blues and even some reggae influences. “Xtigone” also features spoken word, rap and has a contemporary, edgy chorus line that perfectly accents all of the music stylings.

“Xtigone” is set in Chicago, where gang violence and children being lost by their families to the streets is a common occurrence.

Antigone, along with her sister and the rest of the black community, are devasted when Antigone’s two brothers are killed in a drive-by shooting.

Antigone’s corrupt uncle and Illanois gubernatorial candidate, Marcellus, is actually contributing to the violence rather than amending it—something his devoted followers are oblivious.

Antigone, determined to get someone to hear her cries of frustration, goes against a new rule of Marcellus, and a series of tragic events unfold.

In a world where fear of being a victim of the appear to no longer make the ever-present violence is a dominating force, “Xtigone” shows how such struggles can dictate a life.

The acting in “Xtigone” is passionate, emotional and intense, which captures the intended
atmosphere perfectly.

“Xtigone’s” journey doesn’t end at CSUEB, as it will resume in San Francisco next year.

Jones will continue to direct and work with the Shakespeare company over the next twelve months, hoping that “Xtigone” will be seen by the masses.

This moving, emotional story is an open expression of what violence does to a community.

“Xtigone” honors the friends, families and especially mothers of those who have been lost to the streets.

“Xtigone” will run Nov. 12-13 adn 19-20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.

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