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Ancient Art Council Reading of Oedipus at Colonus

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Red-figure kylix depicting Oedipus and the Sphinx (detail). Greek, Athens, from Vulci, ca. 470 BC. Terracotta; Diam 26.3 cm. Musei Vaticani, Cat. 16541

A rehearsed reading of Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles directed and presented by Carey Perloff, playwright, director, author, and artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater, will take place virtually on December 4, 2021.

Following our fascinating online rehearsal in May of scenes from Oedipus Tyrannos, we will present a rehearsed reading of Sophocles's rarely produced final play, Oedipus at Colonus. Written by the 90-year-old playwright while he was in exile from Athens, Oedipus at Colonus explores the final moments of Oedipus’s life, as he wrestles with the tragedy of his family and the pain of self-knowledge. Set in a sacred grove, Oedipus at Colonus is a magical play about nature, nurture, and the end of life. The 80-minute reading will star John Douglas Thompson as Oedipus, along with superb actors from the Bay Area and across the country.

Oedipus at Colonus translation by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

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This lecture will be live streamed virtually via Zoom. Please register to recieve a Zoom link:

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(415) 750-3600