Post Theatre Company Wins Five National Kennedy Center Awards
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. – LIU Post Theatre Company's production of "Re-Membering Antigone" and its director, Professor Maria Porter, were recognized with 5 national awards (out of 21 categories) by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). They will be honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, 12 noon, on Sat., April 21.
The collaborative performance of "Re-Membering Antigone" won Outstanding Production of a Devised Work, Outstanding Production of a Classic Play and Distinguished Performance and Production Ensemble. Maria Porter, Professor of Theatre at LIU Post, won Outstanding Director of a Classic and Distinguished Lead Deviser/Director of a Devised Work.
"This award is a direct reflection on our outstanding program and its dedicated students, staff and faculty," said Porter (Ossining, N.Y.), theatre professor in the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post.
The KCACTF awards are dedicated to encouraging, recognizing and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theater programs. Eight regional festivals and a national festival provide an opportunity for college and university theater departments to present their work, especially new or student-written work, and to receive outside assessment.
The play was originally performed at LIU Post September 30 - October 9, 2011 and at the KCACTF Region II Festival at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania on January 14, 2012. Devised and adapted by the PTC from the Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles, it starred LIU Post students Christina Hatsis as Antigone (Massapequa, N.Y), Ryan Hudak as Creon (Patchogue, N.Y.), Laura Natoli as Ismene (Copiague), Nick Imperato as Haemon (Parlin, New Jersey), Cynthia Luk as Tiresias (Westbury, N.Y.) and Nadine Fentner (Bristol, CT), Travis Mayo (Red Oak, Texas), Kayla Wade (Kings Park, N.Y.), Michael O'Toole (Utica, N.Y.), Cornelia Hanes (Sweden) and Courtney Maurice (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) in the Chorus. Costumes were designed by LIU Post alumna Brittany Jones-Pugh '07, who is currently working at NBC Studios. Lights and sound were provided by students Chris Catalano and Robert Garner, respectively and the set was designed by Bill Motyka, adjunct design faculty member.
"Re-Membering Antigone" is a contemporary retelling of the Sophocles classic "Antigone." This movement-based adaptation is highly stylized and based in the Suzuki method, a rigorous physical discipline, designed to increase an actor's focus and concentration. "Antigone," a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles, explores the consequences of one woman's decision to take the law into her own hands.
"This was a truly collaborative performance," said Porter. "Everyone from the performers to the director, from the dramaturgs to the designers, contributed to devising both the physical and text-based narratives. This 'Antigone' is the story that evolved from the people who participated in the process -- the themes come from what seemed important to us as we were working together: fragility and strength, rigidity and compromise, dualities and ambiguities."
The Post Theatre Company is the not-for-profit resident theatre company of the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. For more information, visit www.liu.edu/post/ptc.
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