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The Gospel at Colonus

Adaptation and Original Lyrics by Lee Breuer
Adapted Lyrics by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson
Music by Bob Telson
Directed by Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell
with Associate Director TaRon Patton

May 12, 2023 — Jun 11, 2023


“Whether you’re a monotheist or a polytheist or no theist at all, it will speak to you, and you might answer back, dancing and clapping and lifting your own voice.” -The New York Times

Soulful and stirring, this one-of-a-kind theatrical event breathes new life into the Oedipus myth with a score of powerful gospel music. A bold collaboration from an extraordinary team led by Mark J.P. Hood and Charles Newell, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its artists to bring this redemptive musical celebration to life on Chicago’s South Side.

Accessible performances:

  • June 10, 2023 at 2:00pm/Touch Tour at 12:30pm (Touch Tour/Audio Description)
  • June 11, 2023 at 2:00pm (Open Captioning)
  • June 11, 2023 at 7:30pm (ASL Interpretation)

Sponsored by

Sponsored by

Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma

This project is supported in part by

Based on an adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus in the version by Robert Fitzgerald and incorporating passages from both Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and Antigone in the versions by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, which are published as The Oedipus Cycle of Sophocles, a Harvest/HBJ Book, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Photo of Jessica Brooke Seals, Ariana Burks, Cherise Thomas, Kelvin Roston Jr., Mark Spates Smith, Aeriel Williams, Kai A. Ealy, Juwon Tyrel Perry, and Shari Addison by Joe Mazza.

Artistic Team


Articles and Interviews

Oedipus and Agency

UChicago Professor Sarah Nooter explores questions of agency, truth, and fate in Sophocles' OEDIPUS REX.

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