Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex (overview) :: Professor Michael Scott :: University of Warwick, 2020 :: 26:06 min.
Not just an overview of the storyline, the professor's introduction also brings alive the era. Why would Sophocles, from ancient Athens, write a tragedy set in an enemy city, Thebes? Why would the play grip Athenians in 429 B.C.E.? And finally, how does Oedipus relate to democracy and democratic leaders today? Find answers in this recap of ancient history.

Oedipus Rex (full play) :: Sophocles :: University of Warwick, 2020 :: 1 hr. 30 min.
Before the play, Oedipus, King of Thebes, has unwittingly married his mother and killed his father, the prior king, Laius. To end a devastating plague, Oedipus searches for Laius's murderer (i.e., himself). The production updates the setting to 1928 and adds song. Praised for clarity of storyline and vigor of delivery, the show uses student actors and the Ian Johnston translation; to view the text, click here.

Oedipus Rex :: Sophocles :: L.A. Theatre Works, 2003 :: 5:40 min.
A dramatic reading features Harry J. Lennix as Oedipus in a new translation by Nicholas Rudall. In the excerpt, King Oedipus of Thebes resolves to avenge the murder of Laius, the former king. The reading then segues into a plea for relief from the various afflictions that have been plaguing life in Thebes.

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