There's a good production of Oedipus in Santa Cruz, apparently.
There are some who think the ancient Greek tragedies are the ultimate in perfect drama, and to those I say, here’s your chance to wallow in that experience. For those of you still unexposed or unconvinced, this is the time to find out what you’re missing.
The Cabrillo College Department of Theater Arts is presenting “Oedipus Rex” at the College Theater, and what a production it is. Even Sophocles would be impressed.
Adapted and directed by Joseph Ribeiro, this is an “Oedipus Rex” that explodes onto the stage with visual splendor and revisits the centuries-old myths with new energy. It’s sort of Sophocles on steroids.
Here's an Electra production:
All Greek to gay director
Michael Russotto takes a break from acting to helm a contemporary version of the ancient classic ‘Electra’ at MetroStage.
Friday, April 22, 2005
“AS A DIRECTOR, I’m looking for passion and big feelings,” says gay director Michael Russotto. “Sophocles’ ‘Electra’ has all that. Electra herself is a diva of pain and grief.”
Based on the ancient Greek legend of the House of Atreus, Sophocles’ “Electra” (written around 410 B.C.) is the story of a tenacious woman hellbent on avenging the murder of her father, King Agamemnon. Unfortunately for Electra, the killers are her mother and stepfather, the present heads of state. There is good news, however: Her lost brother Orestes shows up, equally eager to exact revenge. More.
And there's Lysistrata yet again:
“Lysistrata.'' A new translation of ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes' comedy, set in Athens in the year 2016, with eight new songs by Bay Area composer Joe Ortiz. This production contains graphic sexual language and very graphic misbehavior and is not intended for children. 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. $12, $10 seniors and students with ID. West Valley College Campus Theatre, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga. Call (408) 741-2058 for more information. (That's all on Lysistrata. It came from here.)
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