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The Collective production of "Antigone" opens Oct. 5


The Collective at Concordia University Chicago presents “Antigone,” the Greek tragedy by Sophocles, translation by Nicholas Rudall. The production, directed by Brian Fruits, will run Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park, IL.

King Creon is challenged by the titular character in one of the greatest, most moving of all tragedies, “Antigone,” written by Sophocles at the height of his powers. Meticulously structured, with a central character who is richly complex, the play continues to have meaning today because of several themes: the conflict of ideas and character, the struggle between individual conscience and the authority of the state, the opposition of male and female natures, and the nature of human suffering. “Antigone” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Director Brian Fruits is a visiting assistant professor of English at Concordia University Chicago, where he has previously directed “Banish All the World” and “The Fantasticks” for The Collective. Fruits holds an MFA in theatre from the University of Memphis and hails from Chicago. He is the Artistic Director of Saltbox Theatre Collective, a Jeff Award-winning theater company. His recent directing credits include “In the Soundless Awe,” “Pirates of Penzance,” “4:48 Psychosis,” Euripides' “Medea,” and the Chicago Shakespeare Company’s world premiere of “The Adventures of Pinocchio” for which he served as assistant director to the 2010 Chicago Director of the Year, Rachel Rockwell. He is a proud member of the Illinois Theatre Association (ITA), the Still Point Theatre Collective and an associate member of the Stage Director & Choreographers Union (SDC). Fruits also serves as the Alumni Board President of Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park, IL.

All are welcome to a talkback with the director immediately following the Oct. 7 performance. General admission tickets to “Antigone” are $15, with discounts available for students, seniors and CUC alumni. Purchase tickets online at or by cash or check at the door before show time.