There is much more to the legend of Oedipus than the events dramatized in Sophocles’ celebrated tragedy, Oedipus Tyrannus. That larger story is scattered throughout other existing Greek dramas, fragments of dramas, synopses of lost plays, and elsewhere. When it’s connected it adds up to a compelling narrative of a family struggle for power, with unmistakable contemporary resonances.
Working with director Casey Stangl, and the Antaeus Company, in Los Angeles, I adapted these fragments into a two-act play, adding additional material to flesh out characters and clarify the connections between them.
The result, after several readings, including one at the Getty Villa, premiered at the Antaeus Company Theatre in Los Angeles, and received enthusiastic reviews. it was nominated for Best Play, and Best Production, by four separate internet theatre sites in Los Angeles, as well as a nomination by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Writing.
"Prime stuff" LA Times [For complete coverage of earlier version go to Press »]