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"Antigone" goes Afropunk for this summer's free performances at Marcus Garvey Park

Alexandria King stars as Antigone and Ty Jones as Creon in The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Afropunk-inspired "Antigone." Photo by Sean McCoy

It's back! Free summer theater at Marcus Garvey Park is returning for the sixth year in a row, and this time the Classical Theatre of Harlem is taking "Antigone," the famous Greek tragedy by Sophocles, and giving it an Afropunk twist.

Like most Ancient Greek tales, it's a doozy. Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus Rex (the very same king who married his mother), defies an order by the new monarch to leave her dead brother's body unburied, and a series of unspeakable tragedies follow.

This fresh Afropunk version is set in a dystopian Thebes of the future. The costumes, set design, and music are similarly inspired–think Ancient Greece meets "Black Panther." For a sneak peek, check out some of the designs here and here.

Directed by Carl Cofield, the play stars Alexandria King as Antigone and Ty Jones as Creon.

The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park will be hosting the free production of "Antigone"

Catch one of the three previews starting this Thursday, July 5 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater or wait till opening night on Sunday, July 8. "Antigone" will run until July 29, Tuesdays through Sundays, starting at 8:30pm.

Get there at 8pm to get a good seat and pack a picnic to enjoy before the show (there are no food stands).

Top photo credit: Sean McCoy

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