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In the production “The Comedy of Oedipus,” the audience will be taken back to ancient Egypt, where Egyptian Thebans are being tormented by an old problem — the Sphinx is eating people.
Oedipus promises that, if he is made king, he will solve this problem and more, giving Egyptians technology and modernity beyond anything they have ever imagined.
Director Jennifer Kokai said this show has been on her “bucket list” for quite a while.
“This is a show I read about 12 years ago. It’s a play about government and what the government can do for you and can’t do for you,” she said. “This year is an election year in the U.S. and also with the Arab Spring, a big time in Egypt when they’re moving toward a democracy. We’ve been discussing things like ‘What can a president do or not do? What do we need to do as a community and not just look to a leader for?’ But also, in Egypt, they’re just trying to figure out how to have an election. So our problems with democracy are very different than theirs, but it’s a year of thinking about democracy, so I thought it was a good time for the play.”
The name of the production might seem familiar to many, but those expecting to see the Greek tragedy of Oedipus will be in for a surprise. The production is one that raises questions about politics and what the “beasts” are in modern, day-to-day life. But it is done in a contemporary way and involves all of the aspects of technology so many people use every day.