[theatre] Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro // SF

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[theatre] Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro // SF

After 10 years, this award winning Latino play is back to Bay Area! (see interview below).

MAY 29 – JUNE 23rd.
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundasy at 2:30 p.m.
Magic Theatre (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123.

  • “Oedipus el Reyj” is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro.
  • “It doesn’t seem possible that ten years have passed since we premiered Luis’s profound reimagining of Oedipus,” said Loretta Greco, Magic Theatre’s Artistic Director, “but it’s been produced all over the country since, and Luis and I are thrilled to bring it back to Magic where it all started!”

 

About:

Set in South Central LA, Oedipus el Rey is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro.

Oedipus is re-imagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence, and history, can one man transcend his own story? Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling, muscular odyssey that asks: what’s fate and what’s just the system?

Oedipus is re-imagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence, and history, can one man transcend his own story? Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling, muscular odyssey that asks: what’s fate and what’s just the system?

 

 

MAGIC THEATRE ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM FOR
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY LEGACY REVIVAL OF LUIS ALFARO’S
OEDIPUS EL REY
DIRECTED BY LORETTA GRECO

MAY 29 – JUNE 23rd.
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundasy at 2:30 p.m.
Magic Theatre (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123.

 

LatinBayArea.com interview:

 

About Luis Alfaro:

 

Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer/performer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short stories, performance and journalism. He is also a producer/director who spent ten years at the Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director of New Play Development and co-director of the Latino Theatre Initiative.

His plays and performances include:

Oedipus el Rey (Magic Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, upcoming at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) Electricidad (Teatro Vision-San Jose, Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles, Goodman Theater-Chicago, Borderlands Theatre-Tucson), Downtown (Institute of Contemporary Art-London, XTeresa Performance Space-Mexico City), No Holds Barrio (Goodman Theatre-Chicago), Body of Faith(Cornerstone Theater Company-Los Angeles), Straight as a Line (Primary Stages-NY, Edinburgh Festival-Scotland, Goodman Theatre-Chicago, The National Theatre of Romania [2 year run]) Bitter Homes and Gardens (Latino Chicago, Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles) Ladybird (La Jolla Playhouse) Black Butterfly(Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center-Washington D.C., Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Taper Too-Los Angeles, Teatro Vista-Chicago). He is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant,” awarded to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields.

A Rockefeller Fellow and University of California Regents Chair Fellow, he is the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays.

He is also the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and PEN USA, among others. He is featured in over 25 anthologies, has an award-winning spoken word CD, and was nominated for a local Emmy Award for his short film, “Chicanismo.” He is a member of New Dramatists, an associate artist at Playwrights Arena and Cornerstone Theatre Company in Los Angeles. His play Electricidad was featured on the cover of American Theatre Magazine and the complete script was published in the February 2006 issue.

He teaches at the University of Southern California (Graduate Playwriting Program, Solo Performance, Youth Theater) and California Institute of the Arts (Solo Performance, Actors Studio).

 

About the play:

 

“If plays are indeed living breathing organisms that reflect the times we are in,” said Oedipus el Rey Playwright Luis Alfaro, “then Oedipus el Rey, my adaptation of the Greek classic, continues to be an outlet for me in challenging the mystery of our obsession with youth and incarceration.

In the same time that we built 22 prisons, we built only one U.C. school in our state. Our prison population has grown by 500% and we currently house over 150,000 prisoners in California. It cost almost $70,000 to house an inmate, but only $9,000 to educate a young person. You do the math. The classics remind us of the stories that we must continue to tell until we find new ways forward. Come get jolted and hear the myth of Oedipus, or… maybe the testimony of someone currently in the system…”

Set in South Central L.A., Oedipus el Rey is a gritty and electrifying take on the Greek tragedy, written by the acclaimed Magic playwright Luis Alfaro. Oedipus is reimagined as a young man whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar beyond the prison walls where he’s spent his life. In a place where everyone is trapped by desperation, violence, and history, can one man transcend his own story? Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling, muscular odyssey that asks: what’s fate and what’s just the system?

The cast of Oedipus el Rey will feature [photo above] Esteban Carmona* as “Oedipus,” Lorraine Velez* as “Jocasta,” Sean San José* as “Coro,” Juan Amador as “Coro,” Armando Rodriguez* as “Coro” and Gendell Hing-Hernandez* as “Coro.”

 

Buy tickets!

Magic Theatre is located in the Marina District of San Francisco, at the historic Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123).

The entrance to Fort Mason is at the intersection of Marina Blvd and Buchanan Street. The performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets, priced from $15.00 to $75.00, are available online at MagicTheatre.org; by calling Magic Theatre at (415) 441-8822; or visiting Magic Theatre’s Box Office, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday one hour prior to the show. For more information, visit MagicTheatre.org.

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May 29 2019

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Start: May 29 @ 8:00 am
End: June 23 @ 5:00 pm
Cost: $15 – $75
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Venue

Fort Mason Center

2 Marina Boulevard Building D
San Francisco, CA 94123 United States

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