This May, Court will be staging The Gospel at Colonus, a one-of- a-kind theatrical event that breathes new life into a classic myth with a score of powerful gospel music. The Gospel at Colonus will continue the story of Oedipus’ family as he travels in exile following the fateful events of Oedipus Rex. The second installment of Court’s ambitious Oedipus Trilogy, Gospel stands alone as a compelling musical with a beautiful score.
Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, together with associate director TaRon Patton and music director Mark J.P. Hood, will bring this soaring musical to life. Featuring several familiar faces from Oedipus Rex—including Aeriel Williams, Kelvin Roston, Jr., and Timothy Edward Kane, among others—and a host of singers from Chicago’s gospel community, Gospel promises to be a redemptive celebration that reimagines the story of Oedipus in a thrilling way.
Newell, who first experienced the musical as an audience member at Brooklyn Academy of Music and subsequently as a directing intern at Arena Stage, had this to say about bringing the work to Chicago and Court Theatre:
I am thrilled to be embarking on The Gospel at Colonus, a work I’ve been passionate about bringing to the stage for most of my life. By connecting with a host of South Side voices as part of the artistic process, we welcome a new chapter in Court’s approach to the classic canon.
Performances begin May 7, 2020. Tickets are available now online or by calling the Box Office at (773) 753-4472.
Photo of Shari Addison by Joe Mazza.