Red Again takes place in two places simultaneously—one is the serene underworld where Antigone and her lover Haemon find themselves after their deaths, and the other is the world of the living where Antigone’s sister Irene is left alone with the consequences of choosing to live. While the world disintegrates around her, time collapses and Irene experiences World War I, the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and 9/11 all at the same time, as if caught in a loop of a terrifying movie called modern human history. But in the underground, Antigone finds books that correspond to the lives in the world of the living and finds hope in the unfinished stories.
From the full length play, Antigone Project, written by Karen Hartman, Caridad Svich, Tanya Barfield, Lynn Nottage and Chiori Miyagawa.
“Chiori Miyagawa’s supernatural Red Again digs into the meat of the source matter; its sense of the human values at risk under tyranny.”
—Time Out New York
Production and Development History
Production: Women’s Project (As part of Antigone Project, 2005).
Readings: CSC (2005), The Public Theater’s New Works Now (2005), Second Stage (2004).