From December 12th to 16th, 2023



By: Sophokles
Translated by: Anne Carson
Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones (Acting, 1993)
Movement director: James Viveiros (Residencies, 2023)

The 2024 graduating class of the English Section presents Antigonick, Anne Carson’s stunning translation of Sophokles’s luminous and disturbing tragedy, given entirely fresh language and new life.

Audience disclaimer: Antigonick touches on intense subjects, including war, suicide, and death.

Dates & location

  • From December 12 to 15, 2023 at 7:30pm
  • December 16, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Duration: 1h15

Ludger-Duvernay Theatre,
Monument-National Campus
(St-Laurent metro)
1182 Saint-Laurent, Montréal

The show is in English.

Cast & creative team

Everything seen on stage and all that goes on behind the scenes is created by students in Production Design and Technical ArtsSet and Costume Design, and Acting, under the guidance of professional guest artists.

See the full cast and creative team


A Word From the Director, Ruth Madoc-Jones (Acting, 1993)

‘oh sister and daughter of Oidipous, 
Who can be innocent dealing with you 
There was never a blank slate…’ 
Anne Carson, Antigonick, 2012

The above quote is from Anne Carson’s play text introduction regarding her task of adapting Antigonick. Carson is a classicist and poet who reads Greek, so her adaptation is based on the original. From this, she edits the play to its dramatic core, invents language (noonsunstink), plays with the Greek (bebarbarbizmenized)*, jolts us into the present with anachronisms of 20th-century philosophers, and rejigs Antigone’s name to connect with the mysterious ever-present ‘Nick’ (time); all to re-present and disturb the well-known myth.  

The quote struck me as I imagined this play on stage with an audience. Even if we don’t know the story of Antigone directly, we can all connect, I believe, with her struggle for justice despite her fatal absolutism, which is a rare (at times questionable) quality shared by only the most courageous. We know who they are. Carson’s language is at the forefront of this work, and as artists, we lean into it to find the heart beating underneath. It is a verse that travels from late Victorian formality to the present to tell the story, asking you, the audience, to lean in to hear the voice of this young person who dares to confront unjust authority. It is an echo we hear today on our streets.  

* Carson’s “Bebarbarizmenized” “translates” Sophokles’ βεβαρβαρωμένῳ (bebarbarōmenōi), a term that derives from the word βάρβαρος (barbaros, whence “barbarian”), an onomatopoeia that Greeks applied to anyone who didn’t speak intelligible Greek. Kinnucan. M, Hypocrite Reader, 2012 


CAST - graduating students

Nora BarkerA3
Chorus Leader 
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL 
Ktaqmkuk, traditional Beothuk & Mi'kmaw territory 


Bénédicte Bélizaire
Guard / Messenger 
Port-au-Prince, Haiti 


Juliette Diodati
Montréal, QC 
Tiohtià:ke, unceded Kanien’kehà:ka territory 


Olaoluwa Fayokun
Winnipeg, MB 
Treaty 1 Territory 


Dylan Hawco
Cambridge, ON 
Haldlmand Treaty, Six Nations of the Grand River 


Seeara Lindsay
Pickering, ON 
Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaties signatories of the Mississauga and Chippewa Nation


Fatima Lopez
Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Günün a atük and Wallmapu territory 


Jessica Rose
Kitchener, ON 
Traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee Peoples 


Mirza Sarhan
Haimon / Boy
 Saudi Arabia / India 

CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM - graduating students

Pen Tsin
Costume Designer 
Montreal, QC 
Tiohtià:ke, unceded Kanien’kehà:ka territory 


Andrea McMillan
Lighting Designer 
Châteauguay, QC  
Traditional territory of the Kanien'kehà:ka 


Matthew Lawler
Video Designer 
Montréal, QC  
Tiohtià:ke, unceded Kanien’kehà:ka territory


Matt Lalonde
Sound Designer 
Waterloo, ON  
Traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples


Julia Allehaux VillanoSCD3
Assistant Set Designer 
Marines, France 


May Nemat Allah
Stage Manager 
Alexandria, Egypt 


Alex Sinclair
Production Manager 
Saint John, NB 
Menaquesk, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy), the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kma’ki, Abenaki and the Passamaquoddy 


Bea Crowther
Technical Director 
Lennoxville, QC  
Traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki people and the Wabenaki confederacy


Delton Kreller
Assistant Technical Director 
Brandon, MB 
Treaty 2


Ruth Madoc-Jones (Acting, 1993)


James Viveiros (Residencies, 2023)
Movement Director  


Fernando Maya Meneses (Set and Costume Design, 2023) 
Set Designer  


Siloé Melançon (Création et production, 2023)
Assistant to the Costume Designer 


Nezren Pittoors-McMahonPDTA2 
Assistant Lighting Designer 


Joao VelosoPDTA1
Associate ATD 


Eiden FrenchPDTA2 
Head Carpenter 


Nico NogueraPDTA1
Assistant Stage Manager 


Max MalfaraPDTA1
Assistant Stage Manager 

Alex JoycePDTA2
Head of Lighting 

Elizabeth PageNP
Head of Sound 

Zoe DacaPDTA2 
Head of Video 


Amy CuthbertsonPDTA1 
Head of Flies, Carpenter 


Sephora N'KosiPDTA1 
Lighting Assistant, Carpenter  

Dani RoyerPDTA1
Video Assistant, Carpenter 

Katie WebbPDTA1
Sound Assistant, Carpenter 

Tiphaine BézieMargot BrysonNila Dutton, Daria Famili, Maya Padlewska, Angeles Silva Lizarraga, Simone Turcotte, and Mégan Vallée SCD1 
Costume and scenic paint assistance 

Nila DuttonSCD1 and Angeles Silva LizarragaSCD1


Andrea Lundy 
Production Management Coach and Program Director 


Michelle Ramsay 
Lighting Design Coach 


Rob Denton 
Sound Design Coach 

Cameron Davis 
Video Design Coach 


Hannah Fisher (Set and Costume Deign, 2019)
Costume Design Coach 


Autumn Coppaway 
Technical Direction Coach 


Theresa Tsang 
Stage Management Coach 


Rebecca Harper 
Head of Movement 


Jonathan Patterson 
Head of Music 


Nancy Benjamin 
Voice Coach 


Anita Nittoli 
Fight Director 


Sue Williams 
Production Dramaturge 


Marjorie Lefebvre 
Technical Coach 


Tim Rodrigues (Production Design and Technical Arts, 2006)
Head Electrician 


Bianca Bernier 
Head of Sound 


Jérémie Bérubé 
Head Carpenter 


Guillaume Simard (Création et production, 2010)
Head of Carpentry  


​​Christian Larochelle 
Assistant Carpenter 


Veronique Pagnoux 
Scenic Painter 


Angela Rassenti (Set and Costume Design, 2008)
Head of Props 


Mayumi Ide-Bergeron (Set and Costume Design, 2021)
Wardrobe Storage


Julia Metzger and Michael Slack (Set and Costume Design, 2001)
Heads of Wardrobe

Alain Spooner

Raphaëlle Rieu, Marie-Hélène Gervais, Floriane Vachon and Charlotte Allard

Hugue Auguste
Costume Intern

Charlie Loup Turcot (Création et production, 2020)
Eco Project Manager 

Réjean Forget
Hair Styling Consultant

Florence Cornet
Makeup Coach

Margarita Brodie (Set and Costume Design, 2020)
Patina Consultant

Iohseriio Polson
Bone Treatment Consultant

Ainsley Meloche
Beading Specialist

Julie Caron
Millinery Coach

Floriane Vachon
Head Dresser


Thank you to Elizabeth Koubena.

ANTIGONICK is presented by special arrangement with United Talent Agency.


The land on which we are gathered has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. It is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka, whose rich cultural heritage continues to teach us that respect, dialogue and peace are pillars of democratic governance.

Antigonick Company Call to Action

In the spirit of solidarity with the urban Indigenous community, we invite you to donate, if you have the capacity, to Montreal’s Native Friendship Centre. In the spirit of solidarity with Indigenous peoples on stolen and colonially occupied territory beyond Turtle Island, we also invite you to donate to the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund.

MTL Native Friendship Centre



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