Drama. Adapted by Ann H. Brockette.
Cast: 5m., 2w. with an ensemble of up to 40 either gender. Intrigue, pride, political power, love—the story of Oedipus holds multiple options for interpretation. Oedipus: A Story of Gold and Shadow focuses on hubris—the pride that drives us to overstep boundaries and take on roles that have not been allotted to us. Oedipus is often cast as a story of misplaced love. This adaptation is a story of a great man, savior of Thebes, who pays the ultimate price for trying to outsmart the gods. Oedipus fulfilled a prophecy that said he would kill his father and marry his mother and thus brought disaster on his city and family. To the very end of the drama, Oedipus is convinced that he is in charge of his fate. As Greek mythology shows, however, no human can rise to the power of the gods who rule over us. Even in defeat, deviant and majestic, Oedipus is still unable to comprehend that, before we act, we must wait on the will of the gods to be revealed to us. Unit set. Approximate running time: 70 minutes.