Department of Theatre Arts Presents
The Classic Greek Tragedy: Oedipus Rex
Great Storytelling that Timelessly Spans the Millennia
Costa Mesa, CA, February 14, 2014 – Vanguard University’s highly acclaimed and award-winning department of theatre arts presents the classic Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex. The production is directed by Susan K. Berkompas and is presented in the Lyceum Theater on the Vanguard University campus, beginning February 28, 2014 and runningthrough March 9, 2014.
Aristotle called Oedipus Rex the perfect Greek tragedy, and it is as relevant today as when it was first performed in 429 BC. Come and see this contemporary translation and step into the reimagined world of Oedipus, a story that crosses all cultural boundaries.
The show’s director, Susan Berkompas, adds these further comments about her thinking behind the themes she wanted to communicate through this production, ”Our Oedipus Rex is set sometime in ancient Egypt, which could easily have been under Greek rule after Alexander the Great. At that time, the Egyptian rulers were actually Greek. But even this new setting gives rise to something unexpected. The themes I have plucked out of the text, ‘blinded to the truth’ and ‘reality is not what it seems’, eventually reveal themselves through the chorus and through the design aspects of the show. The timelessness of this ancient Greek tragedy speaks clearly and resonates to a contemporary audience through this particular translation. This is not our great grandparents’ Oedipus Rex!”
This production is suitable for teens and older. All performances are presented on the campus of Vanguard University, in the Lyceum Theater. Ticket prices are $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors, college students and groups. Tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.
Performance dates and times are February 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 pm; March 2, 8, 9 at 2:00 pm.