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Xtigone Workshops

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Classics, Comparative and World Literatures, English, Linguistics, European Union Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Humanities Research Institute, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Champaign County Community Coalition, Racial Justice Committee, Champaign Unit 4 School District, College of LAS
Studio Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 22, 2022 - Mar 24, 2022   All Day
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European Union Center Events

To accompany the upcoming Staged Reading of Xtigone, Paul O'Mahony and Charence Higgins will run a series of workshops on Antigone, Xtigone and on Adaptation. The workshops and staged reading of Xtigone have been designed as a response to the rise of gun violence in our local schools and community. Please keep in mind that the Adaptation workshops will incorporate discussions of violence and trauma. 

The workshops are free to undergraduate and graduate students and no prior experience is required, and they will take place at Studio Theatre (Krannert Center for the Performing Arts). To register, email Paul O'Mahony ( or Angeliki Tzanetou (, but you can also register by coming directly to the workshops at Studio Theatre, KCPA.


Tuesday March 22

9:30am-11:30am Exploring Antigone

12:30pm-2:30pm Exploring Xtigone

Wednesday March 23

1pm-3pm Exploring Adaptation

Thursday March 24

12pm-2pm: Exploring Adaptation


Exploring Antigone

A two hour workshop on Antigone with particular reference to the important exchange between Antigone and Creon. We'll explore the different choices actors can make, and how this dramatically affects the play. There will be practical exercises to help unlock the text in performance. Participants will all perform, and also have the opportunity to direct their colleagues

Exploring Xtigone

This workshop will explore the personalisation of text and story, how we can draw ties between the play and current issues within local communities, and how we invite audiences to experience the full impact of classical work (and reimagined classical work). There will be an in-depth approach to Xtigone as a means of creating space for cultural specificity, with exercises involving text analysis, ensemble building and devising.

Exploring adaptation

Looking at key scenes from Antigone and Xtigone to explore how adaptation can breathe new life into old stories, and how performing both can enrich our understanding of these different versions. Drama exercises will help bring the scenes to life, and unlock how to approach monologues. We'll demonstrate the multiple layers of interpretation which the actors and director must make, and how these combine in performance.

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