As a prelude to the upcoming 2005 New York season, the Aquila Theatre Company presents a rehearsed reading of Artistic Director Peter Meineck's translation of Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus at Colonus. Bill Pullman joins Aquila in the title role for this one-performance-only event.
Oedipus at Colonus relates to the last days of the famous Theban leader. He has been forced out of his home by his sons after the revelation that he has cursed Thebes by murdering his father and marrying his mother. He now wanders as an outcast, begging for scraps of food and seeking shelter, accompanied by his loyal daughter, Antigone. Arriving in Colonus on the outskirts of Athens, Oedipus invades a sacred shrine and refuses to move, declaring it his place of destiny. The arrival of this famous pariah has enormous consequences for Athens, Thebes and the family of Oedipus.
All proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.