The Gospel at Colonus
Where: University School of Nashville
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9
Does the term “Greek tragedy” stir up memories of college lectures that put you to sleep? Does the name Sophocles make you want to grab the remote and flip on Duck Dynasty? Well, we’ve got just the cure for your classics-phobia — The Gospel at Colonus.
Created in 1985 by Lee Breuer, founding artistic director of renowned New York avant-garde theater company Mabou Mines, and composer Bob Telson, the work recasts Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus as a gospel musical. To get an idea, check YouTube for clips of the 1985 Brooklyn Academy of Music production, featuring Morgan Freeman as a Pentecostal preacher (and more) telling the story of Oedipus.
The production is a collaboration between University School of Nashville and Fisk University, and features cast members from both institutions. USN’s Catherine Coke and Fisk’s Persephone Felder-Fentress co-direct, with assistance from USN music director Ginger Newman.
Additional performances will be at Fisk University's Memorial Chapel on Nov. 14-16.