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Oedipus Rex

Cast: Jessye Norman (Jocasta) ; Philip Langridge (Oedpius) ; Bryn Terfel (Creon) ; Min Tanaka (Oedipus dancer) ; Kayoko Shiraishi (The Speaker) ; Harry Peeters (Tiresias) ; Michio Tatara (Messenger) ; Robert Swensen (Shepherd) ; Shinyu-Kai Chorus ; Tokyo Opera Singers ; Saito Kinen Festival Dancers ; Saito Kinen Orchestra ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor. Performance of Stravinski's work from the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan.

Oedipus Rex

Stratford Festival Canada.

Oedipus Rex (Edipo re)

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967. Cast: Silvana Mangano (Jocasta), Franco Citti (Oedipus), Alida Valli (Merope), Carmelo Bene (Creon), Julian Beck (Tiresias). A dark and riveting retelling of the classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Set in modern Morocco with added prologue and epilogue, his play is extended into the present and points out that the motives of the ancient tragedy still exist today. 1967. 119 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Oedipus Rex (Theban Plays)

Directed by Don Taylor. Cast: Michael Pennington (Oedipus), Cyril Cusack (Priest), John Shrapnel (Creon), John Gielgud (Teiresias), Claire Bloom (Jocasta), Norman Rodway (Corinthian messenger), David Waller (Shepherd), Gerard Murphy (Messenger) ; Endymion Ensemble. Presents the first of the three Theban plays by Sophocles in a contemporary translation that remains true to the text, setting the plays in the past yet not the distant past and dispensing with the masks.

Oedipus the King

Featuring Michael Pennington, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud. 120 min.

Phaedra (France | Greece | USA, 1962)

Directed by Jules Dassin. Cast: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone. A retelling of the Greek myth of Phaedra. In modern Greece, Alexis's father, an extremely wealthy shipping magnate, marries the younger, fiery Phaedra. When Alexis meets his stepmother, sparks fly and the two begin an affair. Based on Euripides' play "Hippolytus". 116 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Politics (1931)

Director, Charles F. Riesner. Cast: Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, Roscoe Ates. In this reworking of Lysistrata, a widow, Hattie (Marie Dressler), decides to run for mayor after her daughter gets involved with a young mobster who has been framed for murder. When the menfolk don't back Hattie, she encourages women to stop taking care of their husbands to force them to vote for her. Features Polly Moran as the campaign manager. 73 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Seize the Fire: a Version of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound

Written by Tom Paulin; produced and directed by Tony Coe. Cast: John Franklyn-Robbins, Kate Binchy, Trevor Nichols, Julia Hills, Stephen Earle. A modern interpretation of the story of Prometheus, an immortal who steals fire from heaven and gives it to mortals. In this version, Prometheus is trapped in concrete rubble at the end of the world, having been placed there by Zeus as punishment. A brooding subtext that questions the concept of democracy while ennobling the pawns of Zeus provides additional depth to the drama. c2001. 29 min.


Directed by Agatha Witteman. Play sponsored and presented by the Dramatic Art and Dance Dept., UC Berkeley, presented at the Greek Theater, 1990. A student production of The Suppliants, Aeschylus' greatest choral work. It tells the dramatic story of a group of young North African women who seek sanctuary in the Greek city of Argos in order to escape forced marriages to their Egyptian cousins. Staged against a stunning backdrop with throbbing African music and dance.

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