Sophocles' ancient tragedy about a king who kills his father and marries his own mother is re-imagined within the context of the California prison system and a Los Angeles barrio in Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater's production of Oedipus el Rey, now playing at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. Adapted by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Luis Alfaro, the play translates Oedipus' journey from Corinth to Thebes into a trip along Highway 99 from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and translates the Greek chorus is into a coro of prison inmates, barrio residents, and owls that make up an oracle. Rooted in the Chicano culture of southern California, the el Rey offers a contemporary spin on the classic text. The play, which premiered last year at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, is now directed by Pangea's Artistic Director Dipankar Mukherjee and stars Ricardo Vázquez as Oedipus, with Pedro R. Bayón playing Oedipus's father, Creon, and Adlyn Carreras playing Jocasta, Oedipus's mother. Carlyle Brown plays the seer Tiresias.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. Starts: March 10. Continues through March 27, 2011