In 430 B.C., the Greek playwright Sophocles wrote one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Western world: “Oedipus Rex,” the tale of a king who from birth was destined to murder his father and marry his mother. Alfaro, acclaimed playwright and MacArthur Genius Grant winner, has now created a contemporary adaptation that trades the temples of classical Thebes for the urban barrios of Southern California. With a sly sense of humor and a fiery imagination, he melds the ancient with the modern, creating a fusion of Greek mysticism, Mexican ritual and So Cal urban culture.
In this contemporary adaptation, Oedipus is an ex -con ready to burst free of his confinement and make a name for himself on the streets of LA. Still, the 2,500 year old question, asked here by a prescient and opinionated Greek chorus of Chicano prison inmates, is the same: “Is our young homeboy doomed to live out his destiny as described in a tragic prophecy, or does he have the power to transcend his fate and define his own future?” While Oedipus challenges the power of the Gods, Alfaro places the passionate love between him and his mother Jocasta squarely at the play’s center, creating a spellbinding dance of desire and eroticism.
Lakin Valdez (“Zoot Suit,” “El Henry”) plays Oedipus/Coro #6. Jocasta is played by Monica Sanchez. Cast also includes Leandro Cano as Laius/Coro #4/Esfinge #3 (as of Feb. 8, 2015); Jorge Rodriguez as Creon/Coro #3; Matt Orduña (“Clybourne Park”) as Tiresias/Coro #5; Spencer Smith (“Zoot Suit,” “In The Heights”) as Coro #2; and Dave Rivas (“El Henry”) as Coro #1.
NOTE: “Oedipus El Rey,” contains adult themes, violence, language and nudity.
Calendar Listing for
“Oedipus El Rey”
By Luis Alfaro
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
NOTE: 90 minutes running time, no intermission
Dates: March 7 to March 29, 2015
(Opening: Saturday, March 14, 2015)
Performances are Tuesday (first week only) at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Theatre: The Lyceum Stage
San Diego REPertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, Calif. 92101-6144
Prices: Tickets start at $31 to $75 / Students $18
Discounts for groups, seniors and military available.
For group sales, call Kristen Schweizer at (619) 231-3586 ext. 617
San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000.
Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org.
Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza Garage with validation at the theatre.
About San Diego REPertory Theatre
San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue, and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).
Surround Events Schedule for “Oedipus El Rey” as of Feb. 25
March 7 – March 29, 2015
Calling all curious souls! Join us in the lobby of the Lyceum Theatre for a mixture of entertainment and enlightenment before (and sometimes after) the show. These Surround Events are free and open to the public. Grab a beverage or a snack from our bar, soak in the activities and then enjoy the show. Tickets are available at the Box Office.
Live Piano: Classical Classics
Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. (Before the 7 p.m. show)
There is simply nothing like being swept away by the wonder of a piece of great live classical piano music. Clear your mind and nourish your soul before the show tonight by enjoying the some of the most exquisite classical piano music played by the talented teachers and aficionados from Amateurpianists.
Sneak Preview of the 2015 Latino Film Festival
Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. (Before the 7 p.m. show)
Only at the Lyceum can you enjoy a sneak preview of short films and teasers prior to the opening day of the 22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival! This is your chance to get the inside scoop on this 11 day (March 13 – March 23) juried film/video exhibition of work by and about Latino artists and Latino genre that features guest filmmakers’ appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions, and gala celebrations. For more information please visit, www.sdlatinofilm.com.
Wicked Wednesday: Live OnStage Mariachi Garibaldi
Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. (Before the 7 p.m. show)
Mariachi Garibaldi, directed by Jeff Nevin, is the performing ensemble from Southwestern College, which in 2004 began offering the world’s first college degree in mariachi music. These amazing musicians have performed around the world, most recently in Brazil, China, Russia, France, and are regularly featured at the famed Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería in Guadalajara. This group is a San Diego treasure not to be missed!
Talkin’ Theatre with Todd: Designer Night
Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Todd Salovey, REP associate artistic director, convenes a stimulating conversation with two extraordinary theatre designers of “Oedipus El Rey.” Jennifer Brawn Gittings, costume designer, and Yoon Bae, scenic designer, will delight you with the inside story on how they imagine and create their theatre magic.
From Freud to the Barrio
Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. (Before the 2 p.m. show)
The legend of Oedipus Rex is a giant example of the power of sociological myth to carry the needs and narratives of a culture. And when the tale of Oedipus meets the insight of Sigmund Freud there is much to talk about! Author and psychotherapist Linda Greischel, Ph.D. LCSW, MSW joins us for a discussion on the multiple lenses through which we can experience this play. Greischel has written several books focusing on cross-cultural spirituality, mysticism, the healing journey and how the arts are a pathway of transformation for us all. She is joined by Máriza Sanchez, bi-national art liaison.
Trivia Night: Adaptation Trivia
Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. (Before the 7 p.m. show)
Can you name the Oscar-award winning movie about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? Which dystopian book trilogy became a box-office sensation starring Jennifer Lawrence? Do you know at least one actor who has played Mr. Darcy? What is the name of the smash hit produced by the REP that is based on a true story about a young musician from Vienna? Before you sit down to enjoy Luis Alfaro’s audacious adaptation of a Greek classic by Sophocles, enjoy challenging your knowledge of the details of books that have been adapted for the stage and screen.
Sam’s Salon: Myth and Mysticism from Greece to Mexico
Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Aristotle reviewed 100 years of plays written by Greek writers and proclaimed Oedipus Rex the very best Greek tragedy of all time. Perhaps because, like many of the myths and tales that were staged in Greek playhouses, the purpose was to help the audience learn to be better citizens. Does myth and mysticism in Mexican culture share a similar purpose, or does the cultural leap reveal completely different motivations? Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, hosts a trio of experts to speak to the question: Adelaida R. Del Castillo, Ph.D., Catalina Maynard, Oedipus El Rey assistant director, and Maria Patrice Amon, dramaturg and Ph.D.
Latin Salsa: Manny Cepeda Trio
Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Since 2004, the Manny Cepeda Trio has delighted Southern California music fans. This talented group won a Grammy™ nomination for their “Roots/Races” album. Cepeda’s mix of Afro-Cuban percussion and his state of the art digital background led his orchestra to be named one of San Diego’s best Classic Salsa and Cuban music groups!
Meet the Artists
Friday, March 20 (After the 8 p.m. show)
After the show, join the cast of “Oedipus El Rey” for a frank and revealing discussion of their work onstage. Probing questions and strong opinions are welcome. Hosted by Jacole Kitchen, REP casting director.
The Psychic Sisters
Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. (Before the 2 p.m. show)
Oedipus Rex attempted to run from the predictions of an oracle and forge his own future. We invite you to run to meet Van Doren Figueredo and Le Vans Figueredo better known as the Psychic Sisters. As lightworkers and psychics, they choose to work with good intentions for everyone alongside the positive and white light energy. Skeptics and true believers are both very welcome!
Latino/Chicano: Gallery Walk-Through
Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
La Onda Arte Latino is a local art gallery curated by Andy Gonzalez, based at Liberty Station. La Onde has shown and sold at many venues in San Diego and Los Angeles including the San Diego Latino Film Festival, The Front in San Ysidro and ChimMaya Art Gallery L.A. Enjoy an intimate walk-through with curator Gonzalez of the “Oedipus El Rey” lobby gallery exhibition. Check out the art and hear the stories of the artists behind it!
Amigos Del REP
Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (Before the 8 p.m. show)
Join Amigos Del REP as they analyze and proclaim via performance the grand variety of adaptations of traditional Greek tragedy (and beyond!) Vanessa Mendoza, Richard Trujillo, Samuel Valdez, and special guests aim to entertain and expand your theatrical savvy and knowledge.
In the Lyceum Art Gallery: “Historia Del Rey”
In partnership with the San Diego Latino Film Festival
Presented by La Onda Arte Latino Curated by Andy Gonzalez
March 7 – March 29, 2015
A new exhibition by local Latino artists that showcases the influences of the classic Mayan and Aztec cultures on contemporary visual art.