poster for REBEL-SisterTHEATRE PROGRAM PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL

The Theatre Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere of REBEL/Sister,a rock musical inspired by Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy Antigone, for seven performances at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus from March 29 through April 5.  The schedule includes performances on Wednesday & Thursday, March 29 & 30 at 7pm; Friday, March 31 at 3pm; Saturday, April 1 at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, April 2 at 2pm and Monday & Wednesday, April 3 & 5 at 7pm.

Written by Chad Larabee and Jonathan Michael Weber with music and lyrics by Anna Ebbesen, the musical follows two sisters as they find the courage to face a powerful opponent. Set during a post-apocalyptic civil war, they are born into religious oppression as a patriarchal leader overtakes their homeland and manipulates the media to control his own people.  The new work re-examines how non-violent protest can change the world and illuminates current social and political issues.

“We want REBEL/Sister to begin a conversation with our audience about how they engage in our political system to enact meaningful change,” says Chad Larabee who also directs the production. “The presidential election forced us to rewrite the show dramatically, taking into account our country’s changing political climate. It compelled us to ask, how do you fight for justice in an unjust world?”

Larabee adds, “We looked to the civil rights movement for inspiration on how to confront injustice. The work of Congressman John Lewis and Fannie Lou Hamer inspired me because of their commitment to non-violent activism.”

The cast is composed of 23 talented UAlbany students while the creative team includes Andi Lyons (lighting designer), Lily Fossner (scenic designer), Renee Bell (costume designer), John Knapp (technical director), Marcus Schlegel (music director) and David Kenner (fight director). 

Prior to each performance, there will be an exhibit in the lobby of the theatre organized by Women Against War and American Friends Service Committee. “Humanize Not Militarize” displays artwork which examines the effects of militarism on foreign and domestic political levels and informs the public on alternative nonviolent solutions.

The production of REBEL/Sister is made possible with support from The John Orser ’55 Theatrical Endowment, UAlbany Alumni Association and University Auxiliary Services.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be special morning matinee performances of REBEL/Sister for high school groups on April 4 & 5 at 10am. These performances are sold out but high school educators are invited to put their groups on a waiting list for seats by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738 or PAC@albany.edu.