Oedipus El Rey Opens at the Public
Juan Castano stars as Oedipus in Luis Alfaro's adaptation of Oedipus Rex.
The Public Theater production of Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey, directed by Chay Yew, opened last night at the Public Theater. Presented in collaboration with the Sol Project, the show runs through Sunday, November 19, in the Shiva Theater.
Featured in the cast are Juan Castano (Oedipus, Coro), Sandra Delgado (Jocasta), Julio Monge (Tiresias, Coro), Joel Perez (Creon, Coro), Brian Quijada (Coro), Reza Salazar (Coro), and Juan Francisco Villa (Laius, Coro).
Set in South Central Los Angeles, the work is described as "an electrifying new take on the Greek tragedy. Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he's spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped — by desperation or fate, history or violence — no one man can change his story alone. Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling, incredibly powerful new play that asks, 'What's fate, and what's just the system?'"