Dulaang Filipino's "Oedipus," first presented in 2014, is a one-hour reduction of Sophocles' Theban trilogy, consisting of Oedipus Rex
, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone, in Filipino translations by Rolando Tinio and Onofre Pagsanjan.
Recently, the Waukegan resident served as the assistant director for "Cabaret" and performed as Kreon in "Oedipus Rex
," Snug in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Harry Easter in "Street Scene," all at CLC.
The play's common title, Oedipus the King or Oedipus Rex
, is somewhat of a misnomer, since the word "king" (basileus in Greek, rex in Latin) refers to a person who rules by hereditary right.
The author of Oedipus Rex
and Antigone, he was not only the leading dramatist but also a distinguished politician, military commander, and religious figure.
His translations of The Complete Poetry of Catullus and of Sophocles' Theban trilogy (Oedipus Rex
, Antigone, and Oedipus at Colonus) are all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Simon Russell Beale's Hamlet at Malvern several years ago managed to do it, and before that the late, great, Katina Paxinou as Jocasta in Oedipus Rex
, with her husband Alex Minotis as Oedipus, left me in emotional tatters when I saw them in London before Paxinou retired from the theatre.
The challenge for modern tragedy in the Western world is for the playwright to embed within the dramatic action a citizen in contemporary democracies who possesses rare qualities without in fact displaying the obvious heroic grandeur of an Oedipus Rex
or a Cleopatra.
Contrast this with their villainy and uncurbed bloodlust and you have a horror story which almost outdoes the monstrosities of the great classical tragedies, Oedipus Rex
, the Oresteia and so on.
include Creon in Sophocles's Antigone, Oedipus in Oedipus Rex
Euripides ('Medea'), Sophocles ('Oedipus Rex
'), Christopher Marlowe ('Doctor Faustus'), John Webster ('The White Devil'), William Shakespeare (the ultraviolent 'Titus Andronicus') and Antonin Artaud's Theater of Cruelty have long given audiences the heebie-jeebies.
Adorned with notions of the uncanny, The Red-Haired Woman is fearless in its reading of canonical texts like Oedipus Rex
and Rostam and Sohrab and in tackling the question of patricide and paternal filicide.