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2005: Jerry- Welcome to another episode of Jerry Springer. As we all know, people in this world aren't perfect and things don't always turn out as planned. Today's show is dedicated to one such case. The story revolves around a man named Oedipus. His Corinthian parents are here to divulge a deep secret. Our first guests are Oedipus' "parents". All the way from Corinthia, here are King Polybus and LaShanda.

(Audience claps)

2005

Oedipus Tyrannus

There are many great websites to give the background of the story (history and myth); one of them Thebes ***

Oedipus

Characters:
Oedipus, King of Thebes

Jocasta, his Consort and wife

Creon, brother of Jocasta

Tiresias, the blind prophet

A Priest, of Zeus

First Messenger

Second Messenger

A Shepherd

Chorus, of Theban Elders

Scene: Before the wealthy dwelling of Oedipus at Thebes

Aedipus and AntigoneUAF Cast list is @ www.uaf.edu/theatre

Chorus was reduced to 6+ members

Screens: preshow, act II (scene III) and finale. Also, over all odes.

"Educational outreach" program (Schools in Fairbanks) and discussion/forums with the public -- shows.vtheatre.net/oedipus/doc

Images (Misha Godin) and THR331 Directing class (with Set Design class students).

see notes and PS pages.

Rex More photos from the show are @ costumes.org (Tara's pages), including the costumes designs.

Light -- Kade (light)

Set - Theatre UAF (model)

Publicity -- poster, programs, logo and etc.

Next show: mini-chekhov Fall 2005 (Four Farces & One Funeral).

Rex I will post the reactions/reviews from the students and school kids, when the show is over.

Press: newspapers' reviews

Maybe even the TV clips (on Theatre UAF site)

Use of Oedipus (scenes, monologues) in my classes -- Tragedy Page and Classics (script analysis) -- collect links.

Use of groups.yahoo.com/group/3sis: Realism and Method Acting (Spring 2006)

PS

Oed03 Cadmus founded the city of Thebes after he killed a dragon, and he sowed the dragon's teeth into the ground, from which sprang Thebes' first inhabitants. Thus, Thebes' current residents are mainly descended either from a hero who tamed the wild beast, or from the beast itself. [ Think about the relation of this background to the larger theme of civilization and savagery. ]

In Iliad XXIII, we read about one Mecisteus, who "went once to Thebes after the fall of Oedipus, to attend his funeral, and he beat all the people of Cadmus", evidently at boxing (funeral games) which is the subject of the passage. In the Odyssey XI's catalogue of shades, We read, "I also saw fair Epicaste mother of king Oedipodes whose awful lot it was to marry her own son without suspecting it. He married her after having killed his father, but the gods proclaimed the whole story to the world; whereon he remained king of Thebes, in great grief for the spite the gods had borne him; but Epicaste went to the house of the mighty jailor Hades, having hanged herself for grief, and the avenging spirits haunted him as for an outraged mother -- to his ruing bitterly thereafter."

Aristotle: Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions. -- VI Poetics

Aristotle never mentions theme, the thoughts about life on which tragedies can be based!!

Aristotle: But again, Tragedy is an imitation not only of a complete action, but of events inspiring fear or pity. Such an effect is best produced when the events come on us by surprise; and the effect is heightened when, at the same time, they follow as cause and effect. The tragic wonder will then be greater than if they happened of themselves or by accident; for even coincidences are most striking when they have an air of design. We may instance the statue of Mitys at Argos, which fell upon his murderer while he was a spectator at a festival, and killed him. Such events seem not to be due to mere chance. Plots, therefore, constructed on these principles are necessarily the best. -- IX

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu

www.temple.edu/classics/oedipus.html

NB

Aristotle believed this was the finest tragedy because the protagonist's recognition of the truth coincides with the reversal of his fortunes. Fourth Scene (1215-1310)

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2005: Total Acting & Total Directing *

Sophocles NEVER suggests that Oedipus has brought his destiny on himself by any "ungodly pride" (hybris) or "tragic flaw" (hamartia).

The Golden Age of Athens was a time for thinkers, scientists, inventors, and for people to share ideas freely. Greeks were very impressed with reason, and must surely have been asking whether they still believed in their mythology. "Social conservatives" prosecuted Socrates for expressing doubts about "the gods", but only because they thought this would corrupt the minds of young people. (Does this sound familiar?) http://www.pathguy.com/oedipus.htm

Aristotle: A well-constructed plot should, therefore, be single in its issue, rather than double as some maintain. The change of fortune should be not from bad to good, but, reversely, from good to bad. It should come about as the result not of vice, but of some great error or frailty, in a character either such as we have described, or better rather than worse. The practice of the stage bears out our view. -- XIII

... In respect of Character there are four things to be aimed at. First, and most important, it must be good. Now any speech or action that manifests moral purpose of any kind will be expressive of character: the character will be good if the purpose is good.

... [ Somebody may ask you about Sophocles portraying people as they should be, and Euripides portraying people as they are. Sophocles shows Oedipus as gracious, capable, and altruistic. Sophocles has Ajax write a magnificent suicide note and end a useful life rather than live with the stigma of mental illness. Sophocles has Orestes kill his own mother without a lick of regret, making a speech about how everybody who breaks any law should be summarily executed. Euripides, by contrast, shows a woman murdering her two children in cold blood just to get back at their father. ]

Sophocles's theme rings partially true to those of us who approach the universe with a sense of awe, as a mystery where perhaps there is more than there appears to be. http://www.pathguy.com/oedipus.htm

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