Carl Cofield '14 Directs 'Antigone' for the Classical Theatre of Harlem

July 5, 2018

Update July 9, 2018: "Directed with admirable clarity by Carl Cofield at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, where tickets are free, this is ancient Greek tragedy as contemporary parable," according to The New York Times


Theatre Alumnus Carl Cofield '14 will direct the Greek tragedy, Antigone, by Sophocles, for the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Cofield’s adaptation was inspired by Paul Roche’s take on Antigone, and is described as an “afropunk-inspired work featuring the voice of a defiant woman [who] challenges patriarchal society,” according to Talkin’ Broadway. The play “[showcases] the strength and voices of audacious women responding to rigid societal inequities.”


In an interview with Talkin’ Broadway, Cofield said, "The current political climate is ripe for this story. Women across the world are finding their voices and confronting powerful men, institutions and organizations. This timely ancient text is still clearly relevant today.”


Cofield is critically-acclaimed for his directorial work on productions such as One Night in Miami, which received awards from the N.A.A.C.P, the LA Drama Critics’ Circle, and LA Weekly Theater; The Tempest and Macbeth for the Classical Theatre of Harlem; the fiftieth-anniversary of The Dutchman, where he was nominated for AUDELCO’s Best Director Award, and many other plays.


Founded in 1999, the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) “tells stories as seen through the lens of the African diaspora and does work that honors the cultural legacy of the neighborhood in which it was founded: Harlem. CTH combines original adaptations, music, and dance to present great classics of world literature as well as contemporary works that will stand the test of time while being truly reflective of the diversity of ideas and racial tapestry that is America.”


Antigone is a free outdoor theater production showcasing Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. Performances run from July 7th-29th, 2018.