Tribal Council Seeks to Ban Native Version of ‘Antigone’
As reported at TheStarPhoenix.com, Chief Dwayne Antoine of the Poundmaker Cree is trying to block a production of the Greek tragedy "Antigone" set on a reservation and featuring a corrupt tribal chief. Playwright Deanne Kasokeo is both disappointed and mystified by the decision, and defiantly insists that the play will premiere tonight, as planned, at 7 PM at the Veterans' Hall on the Poundmaker Reserve. The reserve is located about 200 kilometers north of Saskatoon.
"I guess the chief feels the play was written about him," said Kasokeo, who wrote her version in 1998. "We just think it's tragic that our freedom of speech is being violated." Floyd Favel, the play's director, said he has contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and is prepared to request a police escort if the council tries to bar the company from access to the Veterans' Hall.