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Antioch College presents ‘Softcops’

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Antioch College opens the surreal comic-drama “Softcops” by Caryl Churchill this weekend, Dec. 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., at the newly renovated Foundry Theater on Corry Street.

The play was first presented in 1984 at the Barbican Pit in London and concerns itself with the evolution of the Western penal system, from the guillotine to the contemporary practice of surveillance. The play is loosely based on French philosopher Michel Foucault’s “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison,” written in 1975.

The Antioch production is directed by Louise Smith, her first since returning to the faculty as associate professor of performance at Antioch this fall. The production features original music and sound design by student Seth Kaplan ’15 and additional music by Meredith Monk. The cast includes students Sean Allen, Alli King, Kaplan, Gaerin Warman-Szvoboda, Cole Gentry, Spencer Glazer, Hannah Priscilla Craig and Alexander Campbell, who is also stage manager.

Amanda Egloff is technical director, and Michael Casselli is the media designer.

Tickets for “Softcops” are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Reservations can be made by calling 319-0200.

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