Die Antigone des Sophokles
Based on Bertolt Brecht's adaptation of the Friedrich Hölderlin stage version
Performed in German
"Antigone", also known as "The Antigone of Sophocles", is an adaptation by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht of Hölderlin's translation of Sophocles' tragedy. It was first performed at the Chur Stadttheater in Switzerland in 1948, with Brecht's second wife Helene Weigel, in the lead role.This was Brecht's first directorial collaboration with Caspar Neher.
April 1945: A prologue set in Berlin of 1945 shows two sisters whose brother has deserted from the German army and is found hanged: should they risk being seen by the SS cutting his body down? In the play itself Creon becomes a brutal aggressor who has attacked Argos for the sake of its iron ore; Polyneikes deserts in protest against this war which has killed his brother; and Antigone is partly moved by a like disapproval of her uncle's policy.'