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UIS Theatre season opens with Oedipus the King

October 14, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King, long considered one of the world’s greatest plays, will open the 2005-2006 World Tour of Drama season for the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  The timeless story of murder, incest, and fate will be presented in six performances: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 4-6 and 11-13, in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. All performances will be at 8 p.m. except the two Sunday performances (November 6 and 13), which will be at 2 p.m.

Cast members are: Joshua Alan Doetsch* (Oedipus, king of Thebes); Myaa Fallon* (Jocasta, his wife); Roger Boyd (Creon, brother of Jocasta); Michael Romano* (Tiresias, a blind prophet); Molly Sullivan*( Messenger 1); Karen Nickerson*( Messenger 2);  Paul Cary (Herdsman); Doug Robbins* (Priest); and Micah Bacus* (Attendant). The Chorus is Jacob House*, Rachel Jordan Haley*, Alicia Artner*, LaTrease Davenport*, Julie Waltenspiel*, Stacie Evans*, Marie Pignon*, and Sabrina Holmes. (* indicates current UIS student)

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The director is Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater at UIS.

Central to the Oedipus myth, which is much older than Sophocles’ work, is the idea that no one can escape Fate. Much of the plotline precedes the opening scene of the play, and ancient Greek audiences would have been familiar with the background story. The tragedy is set in motion when Laius, king of Thebes, hears a prediction from the oracle of Apollo that he will be murdered by his own son. Laius and his wife, Jocasta, decide to prevent this by giving their infant son to a servant with instructions to abandon the child on a mountainside.  The boy lives, however, and is soon adopted by the king and queen of Corinth.

Years pass. Laius is dead and Jocasta is happily remarried to Oedipus, a stranger from Corinth who saved Thebes from a monster and with whom she has two children. All is well until the city is beset by a plague that is causing the crops to die and women to miscarry. King Oedipus sends a messenger to ask the oracle of Apollo how to lift this plague, and as the play opens, the answer has come back: find the murderer of the previous king and banish him from Thebes. Oedipus vows to do this, little suspecting that he himself is the murderer and predictions of his own fate have come true – he has killed his father and married his mother.

Tickets – $10 general admission, $6 UIS faculty/staff, or $4 for UIS students with current i-card – are available now at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket office beginning 90 minutes prior to curtain time.

For more information about this play or about UIS Theatre, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at ethib1@uis.edu, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.


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