Dramatic reading to be presented Nov. 11
"Antigone and Medea," a play by Salvadore DeFazio, Hazleton's poet laureate, will be presented as a dramatic reading at 7 p.m., Thurs., November 11. The reading will be given at Penn State Hazleton in the newly installed black box theater housed in the Slusser/Bayzick Building. The event is free and the community is encouraged to attend.
The play, which has its roots in Greek antiquity and mythology, addresses issues as prevalent today as they were then - issues such as the status of women in society and the nature of political power.
The play is also a study of personalities. Medea is a woman of passion, a flaw which rules and ultimately ruins her life. Antigone is a woman of principle which she holds sacred in her life, as well as in death. King Creon is the man, who caught between the actions of Antigone and Medea, wrestles with his role as king and the power it encompasses.
Readers of the title roles will include Erika Funke, the voice of Arts Scene on WVIA-FM, as Antigone; and Maria Jacketti, an adjunct instructor at Penn State Hazleton, as Medea. Clark Luis, with a background in theaters in New York and Minneapolis, will read the part of King Creon. Other readers include Chris Norton, director of WVIA-FM, Fiona Powell, Bianca Roman, Marianna Oplinger, Wayne Funk and Stephen Barna.