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Oedipus the King

Sophocles (497 BC - 406 BC), Aeschylus, and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day in complete form. Perhaps the most famous of these are the three which are now known as the Theban plays: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.


Oedipus the King is the story of a man whose life is destroyed by his own good intentions. When a terrible secret from his past is brought to the light of day, the consequences are chilling - and ineluctable.


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Cast

Oedipus, King of Thebes - Denis Daly 

Priest of Zeus - Marty Krzywonos

Creon, brother to Jocasta the Queen - Alan Weyman

First Senator - Jeff Moon

Tiresias, a Prophet - John Burlinson

Jocasta the Queen, wife to Oedipus -Jennifer Fournier 

 First Messenger - David Prickett

An old man, a Shepherd - Peter Tucker

Second Messenger - Elizabeth Klett 

Chorus of Theban Senators performed by Brett Downey, K G Cross, Ed Humpal, Cate Barratt, Amanda Friday and Libby Stephenson

Stage directions read by Grace Garrett


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 Oedipus at Colonus

Sophocles (497 BC-406 BC), Aeschylus and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day. Perhaps the most famous of these are the three which are now known as the Theban plays: Oedipus the KingOedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.

In Oedipus at Colonus, the banished king, after years of wandering, accompanied by his faithful daughter Antigone, finds himself in Athens. Receiving a warm if guarded welcome from Theseus, King of Athens, he prepares to settle himself to spend his last days in peace. However, unwelcome visitors from his tortured past continue to haunt him until the very end.


​Link to audio: Oedipus at Colonus


Cast 

Oedipus - Denis Daly
Antigone - Libby Stephenson
Ismene - Amanda Friday
Theseus - Peter Tucker
Creon - Alan Weyman
Polynices -Jennifer Fournier
A Stranger - Elizabeth Klett
Citizen - Marty Kris
A messenger - Ed Humphal
Chorus - Brett Downey, K.G. Cross,  Cate Barratt and John Burlinson 
Stage Directions - ​John Burlinson


Link to audio: Oedipus at Colonus



 Antigone

Sophocles (497 BC-406 BC), Aeschylus and Euripides formed a trio of ancient Greek tragedians whose works represent the foundation of the Western tradition of classic drama. Of the more than 100 plays written by Sophocles, seven have survived to the present day. Perhaps the most famous of these are the three which are now known as the Theban plays: Oedipus the KingOedipus at Colonus, and Antigone.

After the death of their father, Oedipus, Antigone and Ismene return to Thebes. The ruler is their unyielding uncle by marriage, Creon, who assumed command after the death of the sons of Oedipus, Eteocles, and Polynices in a fratricidal struggle to take control of the city. Creon has the body of one brother buried with full civic honors but forbids the burial of the body of the other, whom he regards as a traitor. Antigone's challenge to Creon's decree, which she considers unjust, results in the extinction of the family line of Oedipus.


Link to audio: Antigone


Cast 

Antigone - Libby Stephenson
Ismene - Amanda Friday
Creon - Alan Weyman
First Senator - Marty Kris
Sentinel - Peter Tucker
Haemon - Jennifer Fournier
Tiresias - John Burlinson
Messenger in Attendance on Creon - K. G.Cross
Eurydice - Cate Barratt
Chorus  - Brett Downey, Elizabeth Klett, Ed Humpal and Cate Barratt
Stage directions  - Grace Garrett


Link to audio: Antigone

 Hippolytus

Hippolytus

By Euripides

 

English version by Bob Gonzalez

 

Euripides (c. 480-406 B.C.E.) is the author of eighteen extant plays and many more only surviving in fragments. He is the youngest of the three great Athenian tragedians with Aeschylus and Sophocles.

Hippolytus, bastard son of Theseus and the Amazon Hippolyta, has sworn chaste allegiance to the goddess Artemis, thus severely offending the goddess Aphrodite by failing to revere her. Aphrodite swears revenge and promises that he will die before the day is done, taking with him Queen Phaedra, wife of Theseus. Aphrodite sickens Phaedra with uncontrollable lust for Hippolytus, and when he vehemently spurns her, he sets in motion the events that will seal his doom.


Cast
Aphrodite - P J Morgan
Artemis  - Linda Barrans
Hippolytus - Russell Gold
Phaidra -Erin Louttit
Nurse - Lee Ann Howlett
Theseus - John Burlinson
An Old Huntsman - Ron Altman
First huntsman/Messenger - Andy Harrington
Second huntsman - Alan Weyman
Third huntsman - Alan Weyman
Chorus leader - Jennifer Fournier
Chorus One - Leanne Yau
Chorus Two - Elizabeth Chambers
Narrator - Alan Weyman

Audio edited by Alan Weyman

 

Text copyright 2013 Bob Gonzalez 


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