ARLINGTON, VA – The Gospel at Colonus is onstage at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington through March 25th and is the African-American inspired version of Sophocles’ tragedy, “Oedipus at Colonus.”
An Avant Bard production, the musical, a mixture of gospel revival, Greek tragedy, and soulful Motown revue, was a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 1984 Obie Award for Best Musical. In today’s political climate, with its anti-refugee policies, this 30-year-old's production is timely and relevant.
Directed by Jennifer Nelson, the show dramatically conjures up the pathos of Oedipus, the tragic king in Greek mythology who ruled over the city of Thebes.
The son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta, Oedipus unknowingly fulfills a prophecy by killing his father, marrying his mother and having four children with her. The result is disastrous for his city and family.