Following the extraordinary success of the Trials of Socrates and Orestes, the National Hellenic Museum brings back the former prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges from previous years as they take on another case from the annals of Greek history: The Trial of Antigone vs. Creon.
The Trial of Antigone vs. Creon
Antigone vs. Creon is one of the great legal cases in literary history.
Sentenced to death for defying King Creon and burying her brother, Antigone’s case marks a turning point in western thought, when law and its inherent flaws are examined and analyzed. What are historically known as natural law vs. positive law, or natural (inalienable) rights vs. legal rights, strike at the heart of the legal divide in “Antigone.”
A jury of citizens, the audience, will decide whether Antigone’s action was treason or an act of duty.
Some of Chicago’s Top Legal Minds
These re-enacted “trials” offer a unique opportunity to navigate some of humanity’s perennial questions, and watch Chicago’s star litigators debate issues that lie at the foundation of our lives.
After the resounding success of the previous trials presented by the National Hellenic Museum, this year, they’ve reunited an all-star team of litigators who will retry the case through a present-day view, but within the context of the laws of ancient Greece.
Federal Judges William J. Bauer, Charles P. Kocoras and Richard A. Posner will preside over the case on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in The Field Museum’s James Simpson Theatre. Attorneys Robert A. Clifford, Patrick M. Collins, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, and Dan K. Webb will argue in defense of Antigone and serve as counsel for the prosecution.
The Trial series
The National Hellenic Museum’s Trial Series highlights the enduring relevance and value of Greek philosophy and thought. The Trial of Antigone offers the unique opportunity to watch some of America’s foremost legal minds contemplate and debate evolving issues and perennial questions that has concerned humanity for thousands of years. The Chicago Tribune called The Trial series, “A trip back in time with some prominent names in contemporary jurisprudence.”
Treason of act of duty?
At the Field Museum’s elegant James Simpson Theatre, you, the citizen, will be asked to decide whether Antigone’s action was treason or an act of duty? A jury of citizens will decide.
All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride. ― Sophocles
The Trial of Antigone will take place on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Field Museum, James Simpson Theatre, West Entrance, 1400 S. Lakeshore Drive, Chicago. Park at the Soldier Field North Garage on Museum Campus Drive. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Trial begins at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $100. 312.655.1234. WindyCity Greek is a media sponsor for The Trial of Antigone.