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The Gospel at Colonus is Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s 1983 adaptation of Sophocles’s Oedipus at Colonus, written at the end of the fifth century BCE. It is a symbiotic world blending ancient Greece with Black spiritual practice. 

A man in a white suit stands with his arm outstretched to the viewer. There is a woman in a white dress to the right, and a group standing behind them dressed in black.
Kelvin Roston Jr., Mark Spates Smith, Kai A. Ealy, Aeriel Williams, Juwon Tyrel Perry, and Shari Addison by Joe Mazza.

After years of exile away from Thebes, the legendary city he once ruled, the blind Oedipus arrives at Colonus, a town outside of Athens. Pursued by adversaries, Oedipus promises Theseus, king of Athens, that if this sacred spot can be his resting place, he will posthumously protect the city. Theseus agrees. With the help of Theseus and his daughters, Antigone and Ismene, Oedipus thwarts King Creon, ruler of Thebes, and Polyneices, Oedipus’s own son. At the end of a life steeped in murder and incest, Oedipus eventually finds rest and redemption. Through his death, he becomes divine and showers blessings upon Colonus and those of us gathered in communion. 



Five green circles surround a blue circle in the center. The circles are connected by arrows that describe their relationship to one another. The blue circle in the center represents Oedipus, the blind, exiled former king with a terrible past. He is a beggar and a wanderer. The green circles will be described moving clockwise. The green circle immediately above Oedipus's blue circle (in the 12 o'clock position) is for Antigone: a kind, persistent, and persuasive woman who is Oedipus's daughter and sister. To the right of Antigone, there is a green circle representing Polyneices, a resolute military leader. He is Antigone's brother and Oedipus's son/brother. After Polyneices, moving clockwise (down and slightly left), is a green circle representing Theseus, the humane, fair, and powerful king of Athens. He is the ruler of Oedipus. To the left of Theseus, is a green circle representing Creon, the deposed regent of Thebes. He is Oedipus's enemy, and he plots to kidnap and kill him. To the left - and slightly above - Creon is a green circle representing Ismene, a strong, articulate woman who wants to help her family. She is Oedipus's daughter and sister, sister to Antigone and Polyneices. To the right, is the green circle representing Antigone, back in the 12 o'clock position. The circle is complete.

Posted on May 9, 2023 in Learning Guides, Productions

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