Saturday and Sunday mornings, September 21-22 and 28-29
Performances begin at 9 am with a pre-show discussion at 8:30 am.
Join us for Sophocles’ tragic masterpiece Oedipus The King this September.
Bring breakfast and a blanket, and enjoy your morning in the garden with this live theatre performance produced by Classical Greek Theatre Festival of Westminster College. Traditionally, Greek Theatre is performed at dawn, but our performances begin at 9 am, with a special pre-show discussion starting at 8:30 am.
As many know, the play follows Oedipus’ journey to discover the source of the plague affecting Thebes, the killer of the old king Laius, and the truth of his own identity. He himself causes the discovery as he issues an edict, calls witnesses, listens to prophets and family, and moves inevitably to the truth. We see and hear Oedipus in action, and he is called man, hero, savior, master, and tyrant by the chorus and various characters. In his virtues and his vices, Oedipus embodies characteristics often associated with ancient Athens. In a way, the Athenian audience was watching itself onstage. But the play, like so many Greek tragedies, also tells a universal truth -- since we are all concerned with identity, who we are, and how we relate to others and to the divine.