|Rogelio Monarrez portrays a modern Oedipus|
Photo/art by Bobby Sample
Where: Glendale Community College Performing Arts Center, 59th and Vogel Avenues in Glendale.
When: October 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.; October 13 at 2:30 p.m.
General Admission $8; Students/Staff/Alumni/Seniors $5.
By Luis Alfaro
Directed by David Seitz
MacArthur Genius Grant winner Luis Alfaro has adapted the “mother” of all tragedies in Oedipus El Rey, opening this Friday at Glendale Community College. In this Mexican-American update of Oedipus Rex, a juvenile delinquent in the barrios of Los Angeles rises to be a king, while a plot twist of mistaken identities fates him into a romantic triangle between his mother, father and himself.
"Fate is fickle," says David Seitz, director of this production. "The ancient Greeks believed that a person's fate was determined prior to birth, and nothing the individual did during their life would ever change that destiny." Seitz notes that this contemporary approach to Sophocles' ancient classic "goes beyond the original theme of 'you can't fight fate' to bring up the modern conflict of fate vs. self-fulfilling prophesies of urban minority American society."
The colorful production design by award-winning Eric Beeck includes a version of the classic Sphinx, brought to three-dimensional life on stage as a spectacular, giant three-headed serpent inspired by Aztec mythology.
The performance culminates a series of events on the GCC campus in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15.