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La MaMa in Association with
The Faux-Real Theatre Company
presents…

OEDIPUS REX XX/XY

The World-Premiere of Faux-Real’s new take on an ancient play
Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King translated by Robert Fagles
Directed by Mark Greenfield

March 7th – March 24th, 2013 at La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre (74A East 4th Street)

Driven by the belief that what was traditional in 429 BC is radical today, FRTC performs Oedipus the King exactly as Sophocles intended… sort of. Men play all of the roles (including Love Interest/Mom Jocasta) just as the Greeks would have wanted it; only with Faux-Real, the role of Oedipus is played by a woman. Searching beyond the Freudian notions of “boy loves Mom,” Faux-Real re-examines Oedipus with modern eyes (pun intended) and ancient techniques, to shed new light on this classic tale of sex, power, murder and the dark urges lurking inside of us all.

Ancient Greek plays were presented at three-day-long Dionysian competitions (think “American Idol” but with everyone drunk and half-nude). In order to win these Bacchanalian Battles of the Bards, the performances had to be entertaining as well as edifying! Taking the text that serves as the blueprint for modern drama, and adding drums and bouzoukis, platform shoes and colorful costumes, wild masks and a fast-paced vibrant approach to acting, Faux-Real aims to take home the laurel wreath.

The diverse multi-generational cast also includes:

Justin Dobies
Gökçen Gökçebag
Eric Gravez
Matt Ketai
Ara Morton
Jy Murphy*
Tony Naumovski*
Aidan Nelson
Jason Scott Quinn*
Stephanie Regina
Eric Rasmussen*
Alejandro Santoni
Dorian Shorts
Manuel Simons*
Derek Robert Smith.
*indicates member of Actors Equity Association

Directed by: Mark Greenfield
Assistant Director: Alessandra DeMeo
Mask Maker: Lynda White
Musical Director: Tony Naumovski
Costumes: Irina Gets & Constance Tarbox
Set Design: Michael Casselli
Lighting Design: Kobun Kaluza
Dramaturge: Aaron Poochigian
Stage Manager: Abbey Bay
Production Assistant Emma Orme

 

The musicians (who play everything from bouzoukis to frame drums to the shruti box -- yes, there really is such a thing):

Tom Swirly
Jeff Wood

March 7th – March 24th, 2013
12 Performances Only!
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30
Sundays at 2:30

OEDIPUS REX XX/XY runs 75 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $18 general admission, $13 students and seniors, and can be purchased at La MaMa's box office online or by phone (212) 475-7710.

To find out more information about the show send us an email.

 

 

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