Oedipus El Rey March 7, 2020 – March 22, 2020
Written by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Tanaquil Márquez
Featuring Frank Jimenez, Jessica Gruver, Joel Guerrero, Timothy Sheridan, Anthony Diaz and Diana Rodríguez.
*Philadelphia’s only bilingual theatre company* *In residency at the Arden Theatre Company* *This show contains strong language, sexual and violent scenes*
Teatro del Sol closes its residency at the Arden Theatre Company with the Philadelphia premier of, Oedipus El Rey. A retelling of Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy, Oedipus El Rey is bold and fierce, mixing beautiful poetry with the harsh realities of America’s prison system. Oedipus El Rey will play from March 7th through March 22nd. Opening Night will be Friday, March 13th at 8pm at the Bob and Selma Horan Studio, Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Oedipus El Rey takes Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, where a destined king unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother, and sets it in the gritty, electrifying streets of Central L.A. This ancient story is told through the Chicano experience, where Oedipus has just been released from prison and is propelled to take control of his own destiny. As he challenges his own fate, he is consumed with the desire for power, which he cannot resist, until he realizes that the cards were always stacked against him.
“I am so excited to be directing this amazing cast of LatinX artists,” says director Tanaquil Márquez. “Oedipus El Rey is enlightening, because it takes a classic that everyone knows and transforms the story to a sociological perspective. Oedipus is raised by the prison system, where statistically more than half of all young men who get out of state prison will return at least once in their lifetime. It is an atmosphere of rage and when he is released he is left with no support, he must fend for his own and thus is swept up back into this viscous cycle of why he got locked up in the first place. “
The Oedipus El Rey production team includes Philadelphia’s Cesar Viveros our muralist designer, Broadway Regional Award for best supporting actress, Yajaira Paredes our costume designer, and Dominic Chacon our lighting designer.
Company History Teatro del Sol is on its second year as a company. It was formed by José Avilés, Yajaira Paredes and Tanaquil Márquez because they wanted to see their voices represented onstage. Last year Teatro del Sol produced La Gringa by Carmen Rivera and Good Cuban Girls by Iraisa Ann Reilly that won 4 Broadway Regional Awards. Teatro del Sol offers reading series and has a residency of their own where they work with a local LatinX playwright to develop their new work to then produce for the next season.
Teatro del Sol’s mission is to preserve the Latin tradition of telling stories by producing and presenting new, contemporary, and classical Latin theatrical works for Philadelphia’s diverse communities.
Oedipus El Rey Performance Details Written by: Luis Alfaro
Directed by: Tanaquil Márquez
Performance Location: Hamilton Family Arts Center: 62 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Dates: March 7th, 2020 thru March 22nd, 2020
March 7- 1st Preview 8PM
March 8- 2nd Preview 3PM
March 12-3rd Preview 8PM
March 13- Opening 8PM
March 14- 2nd Performance 8PM
March 15- 3rd Performance 3PM
March 18- 4th Performance 6:30PM
March 19- 5th Performance 8PM
March 20- 6th Performance 8PM
March 21- 7th Performance 8PM
March 22- Closing 3PM
Ticket Prices: $10-$20
Tickets and Information Contact: (215) 922-1122• https://ardentheatre.org/ Arden Theatre Company 40 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106