On Friday, March 25, Equity and Engagement staff attended a dramatic reading of “Xtigone,” presented by middle and high school students Champaign and Urbana. Xtigone is in response to gun violence in the Champaign-Urbana community and in tribute to the victims of this violence. This collaborative theatrical event adapts Antigone by Sophocles, an ancient play whose themes resonate with the effects of violence on families and communities.
Xtigone speaks directly to gun violence within Chicago’s African-American communities. Champaign and Urbana students, teachers and staff participated in reading and performance workshops and discussions led by Paul O’Mahony, director of the acclaimed London-based company Out of Chaos Theatre. . You can watch the coverage of the event here.