Xtigone

by Nambi E. Kelley

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About the Play

Drama. 90-100 minutes. 5-15+ females, 4-15+ males (9-30+ performers possible). Suitable for high school and older performers and middle school and older audiences.

Xtigone premiered at African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA), director Rhodessa Jones.

"Kelley's urban myth recasts Sophocles' classic morality play about pride into a blood-soaked examination of gun violence and inner-city PTSD... It's an amazing show." —Erik K. Arnold, Oakulture (Oakland, CA)

Awele Makeba as Spirit at the African American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, CA; photo by Lance Huntley).

Synopsis

Chicago. Present day. Xtigone's brothers have been killed in drive-by shootings by each other’s rival gang. Her uncle, Marcellus da Man, calls a press conference on CNN to announce that the bodies should be buried instead of uncovering the reality of violence in the streets of the city. Will Xtigone go against her powerful uncle and risk death by uncovering her brothers' bodies? Using hip hop poetry, dance, and dialogue that speaks with an urban voice, this re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community's truth.

Qty Price Total
Printed Script $7.95 $0.00
Digital Perusal Script $7.95 $0.00
Performance Royalties $70.00 $0.00
Production Photocopy License $50.00 $0.00
Classroom Photocopy License $80.00 $0.00
Video License $80.00 $0.00
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Synopsis

Chicago. Present day. Xtigone's brothers have been killed in drive-by shootings by each other’s rival gang. Her uncle, Marcellus da Man, calls a press conference on CNN to announce that the bodies should be buried instead of uncovering the reality of violence in the streets of the city. Will Xtigone go against her powerful uncle and risk death by uncovering her brothers' bodies? Using hip hop poetry, dance, and dialogue that speaks with an urban voice, this re-imagining of Sophocles' Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community's truth.