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The Gospel at Colonus at the Getty Villa

in Malibu, California

Aug 31, 2023 — Sep 30, 2023

Court Theatre is proud to remount our production of The Gospel at Colonus at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California. Experience the joy, redemption, and healing of Chicago gospel all the way in the Golden State!

Each fall, the Outdoor Theater at the Getty Villa series features a classical tragedy or comedy in the Villa’s dramatic Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, an outdoor venue modeled after ancient Greek and Roman theatres. These productions are drawn from respected theatres across the nation, and an invitation to the Getty Villa is a highly-sought honor for theatres producing classical works. Court Theatre is honored to remount our production of The Gospel at Colonus at the Getty Villa stage in Malibu, California.

The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California

Mark J.P. Hood and Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell lead this revival at the Getty, joined by the majority of the original cast and band. 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, The Gospel at Colonus builds upon the strengths and experiences of its artists to bring this redemptive musical celebration to life.

Sponsored by

Sponsored by

Gustavo Bamberger and Martha Van Haitsma

Sponsored by

David J. and Marilyn Fatt Vitale

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.

Artistic Team





Articles and Interviews

Chicago’s Gospel History

Production Dramaturg Wenke (Coco) Huang provides a brief overview of Chicago's history with gospel music and how it informs THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS.

Oedipus, Church, and Catharsis

Production Dramaturg Wenke (Coco) Huang highlights quotes about catharsis, joy, redemption, and Black worship that offer crucial context for THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS.

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