Presented by the Actors Guild of Harford Community College
By Sophocles, translated by Oliver A Evans.
Oedipus, the King of Thebes, believes he has escaped the terrible prophecy that has pursued him all his life. Oedipus has defeated the riddling Sphinx, saved the seven-gated city of Thebes, and married the queen Jocasta. They have four children, Eteocles, Polynices, Antigone, and Ismene, and they rule in peace.
But a mysterious plague has recently afflicted the city, bringing death to the people, livestock, and crops. An Oracle reveals it as punishment for the murderer of the previous king Laius remaining free. Oedipus vows to find this criminal and save his people once again, no matter where he may hide, and in so doing, he is forced to unravel the mystery of his own cursed existence.
This greatest of ancient tragedies, in a fully accessible and modern translation by Oliver A Evans, shines a light on timeless questions of identity, fate, free will, and leadership.
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