How should a modern director stage Sophocles' Antigone and Oedipus Rex?

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Although the so-called "Theban trilogy" of Sophocles was not actually performed as a trilogy, nonetheless, since we do not have plays that Sophocles wrote as trilogies intended for performance in the same year, any staging intended to create the effect of ancient drama could use Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone as a tragic trilogy and Ichneutae as a satyr play. This selection would allow for a classic staging, with three tragedies and a satyr play performed starting slightly after dawn and ending at approximately twilight. Although few locations in the US have outdoor stages similar to the Greek ones, the closest approximation readily available would be football stadiums, which would allow adequate room for a full chorus who could dance and sing, and a good sound system. This dramatic outdoor setting would allow for use of masks (containing microphones, as stadiums do not have good acoustics) and highly stylized costumes.