Wednesday, August 16, 2023

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS - Black Theatre Troupe - October 27 - November 12, 2023

Tempe Center for the Arts

This landmark work of the American musical theatre blends the agony of Greek tragedy and the ecstasy of Black gospel music. This retelling of Sophocles’ classic Oedipus at Colonus is performed as a song play that is set in a Pentecostal church.

Inspired by the joyous faith at the heart of African-American gospel music, it replaces Bible stories with Greek myth. It is a sermon on the ways of fate and particularly on a “happy death” - that is sung, acted, and preached. The members of the congregation and choir under the leadership of the minister all assume the characters of “the play” with the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting.  

Please note: Tickets for The Gospel at Colonus are currently only available via subscription.  Single Tickets will go on sale in September.

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