The people of Thebes have been stricken by a terrible plague, and in prayer
and supplication, they go to their king, Oedipus. He assures them that he has
already moved to discover the cause of the affliction and has sent Creon, his
brother-in-law, to the oracle at Delphi to learn what should be done. Creon soon returns with the message
that the plague will vanish as soon as Thebes finds and casts out the murderer of the late king, Laius. Oedipus
then consults the blind prophet, Tiresias, who is hesitant to speak. After much urging and threatening
by the king, Tiresias announces that Oedipus himself is the cause of the scourge and is furthermore guilty
of both incest and patricide.
This accusation enrages the king and he accuses Creon of plotting with Tiresias to discredit him. Only
the intervention of the queen, Jocasta, prevents further rashness and hostility among the men. In this most
famous of Greek tragedies and one of the most skillfully plotted plays ever written, a man tries to defy fate
by the power of his own personality, and in doing so, discovers the truth about himself.
OEDIPUS REX by Sophocles
April 1-10, 2005
"Open house" lecture about Sophocles, Oedipus, Greek mythology and more.
Featuring the Stage Director of Oedipus Rex Anatoly Anohin, Set Designer Timaree McCormick, Lillian Corti "Blindness, Sight, and Psycoanalysis in Oedipus" of the UAF English Department and Dr.
Joseph Thompson "Oedipus Rex and the Oracle at Delphi" of the UAF Philosophy & Humanities
Department. Monday, March 28, 5:30pm in the Lee H. Salisbury Theatre Free Admission & will be available on-line via streaming audio and video! Check back here for details.OEDIPUS REX in the Lee H. Salsibury Theatre
Friday, April 1 @ 8:15pm
Saturday, April 2 @ 8:15pm
Sunday, April 3 @ 2:00pm followed by a Q&A with the director and cast!