Hilltop Players to present 'The Oedipus Story'
October 21, 2010

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Two Greek plays that essentially define the term “classic” will be presented as “The Oedipus Story” by the Hilltop Players Oct. 27-30 in Rudd Auditorium's Brock Hall.
Members of the chorus rehearse a scene
from "The Oedipus Story."


“Oedipus Rex” and “Oedipus at Colonus” were written and performed more than 2,500 years ago, telling the tragic story of Oedipus, his atonement for and coming to terms with his sin, and the response of the gods to allow him to die in honor.


Director Jared Cole said, “Many people are familiar with ‘Oedipus Rex,’ but not with ‘Oedipus at Colonus.’ One of the challenges with presenting Greek drama is people just don’t know it, so we’re giving something familiar, paired with something people don’t know.


“It’s hard to imagine a Greek play any more ‘classic’ that than ‘Oedipus Rex.’ It was used by Aristotle as the quintessential example for how tragedy should be written, and has been adapted by poets and playwrights like Ovid, John Dryden and Voltaire and turned into an opera-oratorio by Igor Stravinsky.”

"Oedipus" cast member try on their "Greek" robes.

Mr. Cole has adapted some Greek theatre conventions for this production, including robes for costuming, use of masks, a chorus that speaks its parts, a “thrust stage” that juts into the audience seating. “We’ll not be using full masks like the Greeks would, but half masks, and there will be some staging differences.


Beau Boutwell will play the role of Oedipus in both “Oedipus Rex” and “Oedipus at Colonus.” He will be joined by Thomas Burton as Creon in both, while other actors serve as members of the chorus in one and as named characters in the other.


Because the play will be presented in Brock Hall, there is limited seating and tickets are required.

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