First Stage Young Company presents ANTIGONE

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First Stage Young Company presents ANTIGONE

April 8 – 17, 2016
Milwaukee Youth Arts Center – Youth Arts Hall

By Jean Anouilh
Adapted by Lewis Galantiere
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by Joshua Pohja

This play is for everyone ages 13 and up.

Milwaukee, WI – First Stage’s award-winning Young Company – the Academy’s advanced actor training program for high school students – will present Jean Anouilh’s brilliant twentieth- century adaptation of the classic Greek play, ANTIGONE April 8 – 17, 2016. Performances will be held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center located at 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee. Tickets are $14.

Inspired by one of the most time-honored Greek tragedies, ANTIGONE is an enduring tale of making heroic choices in the face of an impossible destiny. “ANTIGONE is a story about rebellion, fate and power,” said Director Joshua Pohja. “The question the play asks: ‘In the face of an unjust law how far would you go to fight for what’s right?’  At the same time, it asks: ‘How would you uphold the law in the face of public defiance?’ These two opposing questions are the foundation of this tragic argument that began 2,400 years ago and is just as relevant in our present day.”

JOSHUA POHJA (JP) (Director) is an actor, educator, director and playwright thrilled to be making his Milwaukee directorial debut for First Stage’s Young Company. As an actor he has worked with The Acting Company: RICHARD III (National Tour/Off-Broadway), Guthrie Theater: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (North American Tour), Alley Theatre: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Old Globe: THE FULL MONTY (Broadway Workshop), NY Fringe Festival: DR. FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS. His primary concentration is on actor training at First Stage’s Theater Academy and

Young Company where he teaches Acting, Voice, Movement and Shakespeare. He has taught Acting, Movement for the Actor and Acting Shakespeare at the Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, Milwaukee Rep and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Training: Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (B.F.A. Acting), Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) under the guidance of Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.


The Young Company cast for ANTIGONE includes: Mary Jensik (as Chorus Leader) from Greenfield; Natalie Alteri (as Chorus #1) from Brookfield; Meghan Deroche (as Chorus #2), Josie Trettin (as Antigone) and Liam Hartnett (as Third Guard/Polynices) from Whitefish Bay;  Madisyn Fairchild (as Ismene) from Mukwonago, Lawson Mitchell (as Creon) and Jacob Badovski (as Haemon) from Milwaukee; Cezanne Smith (as Eurydice) and Maddy Folstein (as Nurse) from Bayside; Teddy Esten (as First Guard/Eteocles) from Cedarburg; Matthias Wong (as Second Guard/Oedipus) from Mequon; and Emily Repetti (as Messenger) from Wauwatosa.

The Artistic Staff for ANTIGONE includes: Jaclyn Bjornson (Costume Designer); Eliot Garfield (Lighting Designer); Matt Whitmore (Sound Designer); and Olivia Bedard (Stage Manager).

Tickets for ANTIGONE are $14.  More information and tickets are available at or through the First Stage box office at (414) 267-2961.

Performance dates:  ANTIGONE opens Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, April 9 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.; Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 16 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.




About:                  ANTIGONE

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee


Dates:                   April 8 – 17, 2016

Description:        Antigone defies the edict of her Uncle Creon by insisting on giving her brother a proper burial. Creon, who stabilized a chaotic Thebes through his authoritarian rule, now has a choice – risk disorder and loss of credibility by covering up Antigone’s act, or put her to death to maintain civil order. The choice…is hers. Inspired by one of the most time-honored Greek tragedies, this is an enduring tale of making heroic choices in the face of an impossible destiny. For everyone ages 13 and up. More information at


Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 17 at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Tickets and information: Tickets are $14 and may be purchased online at or by phone through First Stage box office at (414) 267-2961.


About Young Company
Young Company is the advanced, college-level actor training program at First Stage Theater Academy.  Students take part in course work with Associate Artistic Director and Director of the Young Company John Maclay, professional actors Matt Daniels and Marcy Kearns and others. The curriculum includes work on a variety of theater skills including Acting Theory, Shakespeare, Voice & Speech, and Movement. The Young Company has participated in the Utah Shakespeare Festival/Southern Utah University High School Shakespeare Competition for the past nine years, winning the Essex division overall sweepstakes award for highest total team score.  Young Company members also appear in productions throughout the year and are student leaders in the First Stage community.


About First Stage
Since 1987, First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain; unparalleled Theater Academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills; and dynamic Theater in Education programs that promote active learning in our schools and community.  In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).





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