ANTIGONE – Toronto Fringe 2012 Press Release




By Sophocles (Translation by David Greene)

July 4th-15th, Randolph Theatre, Part of the Toronto Fringe Festival

“… And the cities will stir in hatred …”

Soup Can Theatre is proud to announce its next production: a visceral and physical adaptation of Sophocles’ legendary tragedy Antigone that ties ancient Greece and modern-day Toronto together by drawing inspiration from the searing images of the 2010 G20 Summit protests, as well as the worldwide ‘Occupy’ movement.

Sophocles’ timeless story centres on Antigone, a young Theban woman determined to bury and honour her two brothers, both slain fighting on opposite sides of a senseless war. This act, in violation of an edict put forth by Creon, the iron-willed King of Thebes, forces her to both confront and defy his authority in the name of principle – a brave and noble choice with costly consequences.

Utilizing the play’s original text as the foundation for his vision, director Scott Dermody – in collaboration with his top-notch ensemble cast – has infused the production with elements of contact improv and physical theatre that reference iconic and incendiary visuals taken straight from the front pages. By revealing parallels between Antigone and today’s politically divisive climate, Dermody aims to examine themes of social justice, humanity’s historic penchant for bilateral conflict, and the long-standing tradition of using rebellion as a tool for change.

Antigone marks Soup Can Theatre’s return to the Toronto Fringe after their cabaret spectacle Love is a Poverty You Can Sell took the 2010 festival by storm, garnering four and five star reviews, and being selected to participate in the coveted ‘Best of Fringe‘ performance series. Antigone also follows in the footsteps of Soup Can Theatre’s stirring and critically acclaimed 2011 production of Marat/Sade (nominated for three ‘My Theatre’ Awards and one ‘Broadway World’ Award) which too fused past and present, in keeping with their mandate to “reinterpret classic theatre for a twenty-first century audience.”

Past praise for Soup Can Theatre includes:

DaringEntertaining and heady theatreIt’s hard not to be blown away by this young company’s strength and ambition …★★★★★” – Theatromania

ImpressiveChillingUniformly delectable … N N N N N” – NOW Magazine

StellarThoroughly entertainingConstantly delights … ★★★★” – Eye Weekly

Delightfully wickedHad me cringing in my seat” – BlogTO


Performance Details:

Randolph Theatre – 736 Bathurst St, south of Bloor (formerly the Bathurst St. Theatre)

Wed July 4 – 6:30pm

Fri July 6 – 10:30pm

Sun July 8 – 1:15pm

Mon July 9 – 8:15pm

Tues July 10 – 1:00pm

Fri July 13 – 5:15pm

Sun July 15 – 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 and available at



Antigone – Cydney Penner

Creon – Thomas Gough

Ismene – Leah Holder

Haemon – Glyn Bowerman

Eurydice – Kathryn Malek

Teiresias – Michael Mcleister

Sentry/Messenger 1 – Chloe Payne

Messenger 2 – John Chou

Chorus – Adriana Crivici, Daniel Kim, Heather Motut, & Aaron Rothermund


Creative and Production Team:

Director – Scott Dermody

Set Designer – Courtney Cathers

Costume/Prop Designer – Morgan-Leigh Hearty

Technical Director/Lighting Designer – Randy Lee

Sound Designer – Mike Rocha

Producers – Justin Haigh & Sarah Thorpe

Stage Manager – Alice Ferreyra

Assistant Stage Managers – Gabriel Nylund & Leslie Thorpe-Dermody