The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1194 Friday, 27 November 1998.
Date: Tuesday, 24 Nov 1998 11:55:25 EST
Subject: Pre-Shakespearean Drama: Oedipus the King
I invite you all to a production of Sophocles OEDIPUS. Performances
will be on Thursday, December 3 at 12 noon and 7 pm, Friday December 4
at 10:30 am and 7 pm, and Saturday December 5 at 7 pm. The venue is the
Great Hall of City College, a magnificent space in landmarked Shepard
Hall at 139th Street and Convent Avenue. Admission is free, and parking
is available for evening performances in the North Academic Center
parking lot (entry on 135th Street between Amsterdam and Convent
Avenues). For reservations and information, please call the City College
Theatre Program office, (212) 650-6666.
Working on the script I am seeing how many of Shakespeare's dramatic
techniques were also part of theatrical vocabularies of Greek tragedy.
Sophocles' civic vision of a citizen chorus learning the limitations of
heroic kings seems extraordinarily fitting to this urban campus. I'd be
happy to talk more about the play, this production, and its connections
to Shakespearean social commentary, but right now I have to help load in
the sound system. We're in that difficult late-adolescent stage of a
production, lots of promise and surprise, a few alarming rough spots,
and overwhelming demands on patience and energy from all.