Crave (Modern Plays) by Sarah Kane

By Sarah Kane

Set in an unnamed urban from which voices and photographs spring, Crave charts the disintegration of a human brain lower than the pressures of affection, loss and desire.

Produced by way of Paines Plough and brilliant Ltd (Guy Chapman and Paul Spyker), Crave premiered on the Traverse Theatre for the 1998 Edinburgh competition. It acquired its English most suitable on the Royal court docket Theatre in September 1998.

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The guilty Lycurgus was entombed in a dungeon by Dionysus because "his tongue had mocked" the power of that powerful god. " These three stories extend the idea of entombment, as Antigone goes to her tomb. They remind us that gods and men have mocked Antigone. And, in the ode's climactic story, we are forced to remember the curse on Oedipus' house, his blinding and journey from light to dark, andspecifically touching Antigone's story at this moment the children who were victims of fate and human cruelty.

William Arrowsmith is surely correct in asserting that we are not "stirred" by the usual interpretations of the play, and that these interpretations have neglected the play's "turbulence," its emotional experience. 1 I would like to help correct this situation by concentrating on what I see as the essential core of Sophocles' play, what Page 12 makes it a tragedy, what gave it a potency before we moderns pounced upon its "relevance," and what is the deeper reason for the play's hold on the imagination: its presentation of the radical contradictions of man's experience, Sophocles' handling of the vital and shifting relationship of love and death and the gods; in short, the play's confrontation with the secret cause.

In addition, students of drama have posed and attempted to answer more academic questions: Is Antigone an ideal tragic heroine? Whose tragedy is itAntigone's or Creon's? How "romantic" is the play? Does the play conform to Aristotelian principles? Or, on the other hand, is it an excellent example of Hegelian tragedy? One of the results of such heavy attention is that Antigone's tragedy has been sentimentalized. This is understandable, because her youth, her sex, her betrothal to Haemon (Creon's son and therefore the son of her executioner), her fate-crossed birthwe can never forget she is Oedipus' daughterher family affections, her defiant personality, all of these have helped make her a popular tragic heroine and have prompted modern dramatists, like Jean Anouilh, to retell her story.

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