Partners Kirsten Schlenger and Mary Jane Weaver highlighted parallels between the play Antigone and immigrant women held at detention centers in Artesia and elsewhere
March 6, 2015
WSM has been enjoying its collaboration with Cutting Ball Theatre, focusing on the intersection of art and the law. Partners Kirsten Schlenger and Mary Jane Weaver attended Cutting Ball Theatre’s March 1 production of Antigone. Mary Jane commented: “It was an incredibly moving performance, and it raises such provocative questions about government, authority, and the moral imperative to object to policies that we do not agree with, at the same time highlighting the difficulties that a new or evolving government can face in establishing a rule of law.” Kirsten Schlenger added, “There is so much to think about that is still so relevant-over 2000 years after Antigone was written! I was particularly moved by the music and the visual beauty of the simple, yet truly elegant, production.”
Following the show, Kirsten and Mary Jane were invited to speak with the audience during a Q&A where they were joined by Cutting Ball Associate Artistic Director and the Director of the production, Paige Rogers, for a lively discussion on the themes of civil disobedience, women and authority, and the parallels between the play, in which a woman listens to her conscience to protect her family, and the current state of women fleeing to the United States with their children to seek protection from domestic abuse, gang violence, and civil unrest in their home countries.