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Distilled take on classics ‘The Curse of Oedipus’ in world premiere at Antaeus

Written by Kenneth Cavander and developed by The Antaeus Company “The Curse of Oedipus” is having its world premiere under the direction of Casey Stangl. “A curse lies upon the land of Thebes and its ill-fated rulers that reiterates generation upon generation.” The fully double-cast production runs through August 10, 2014 at the Antaeus Theater in NoHo.

Rhonda Aldrich and Ramón de Ocampo.
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“The Curse of Oedipus” distills the legends of three generations “into a single evening of drama to impart the story of a land and people caught in a web of pride and self-destruction — a battleground against which Apollo and Dionysus contend for power over the mortal realm. Drawing on the numerous, often contradictory legends surrounding the figure of Oedipus, this monumental work combines newly translated dialogue from Sophocles and Euripides and other ancient Greek poets with new, original material gleaned from lost plays that exist only in synopsis form, lyric poetry and retold mythology.”

“The production is epic, sweeping —and still evolving,” says Stangl. “It’s primal, emotional and fluid, punctuated by live percussion and drumming. The action is set in ancient Greece, but the language and costumes have a contemporary feel. The aesthetic is timeless.”

In the Antaeus tradition best known as “partner casting,” two actors share every role, working together throughout the rehearsal process to enrich the creative experience for both cast and audience. Sharing the title role are Ramón de Ocampo and Terrell Tilford, with Rhonda Aldrich and Eve Gordon as Jocasta; Tony Amendola and Josh Clark as Creon; Mark Bramhall and Barry Creyton as Apollo;John Apicella and Stoney Westmoreland as Dionysus; Bernard K. Addison and Fran Bennett as Teiresia; Kwana Martinez and Joanna Strapp as Antigone; Lindsay LaVanchy and Lily Nicksay as Ismene; Dylan John Seaton and Adam J. Smith as Haimon; Brian Tichnell and J.B. Waterman as Polyneices; Douglas Dickerman and Patrick Wenk-Wolff as Eteocles; Lee Jones and Jonathon Lamer as Theseus; andChad Borden as the Manservant. Making up the Chorus are Philip Proctor and Ned Schmidtke; John Achorn and Drew Doyle; Rafael Goldstein and Cameron J. Oro; Chris Clowers and Harry Fowler; Elizabeth Swain and Reba Waters Thomas; Susan Boyd Joyce and Kitty Swink; Belen Greene and Desirée Mee Jung; and Sylvie Mae Baldwin, Anna Quirino-Miranda and Keri Safran. Geno Monteiro and Adam Meyer provide live percussion

“The Curse of Oedipus” performs 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through August 10. Talk back Thursdays begin on June 26: stay after the performance and discuss the play with the cast. Tickets are $30 on Thursday and Friday and $34 on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 818-506-1983 or visit to www.antaeus.org.

The Antaeus Company is located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood. Parking is available for $7 in the lot at 5125 Lankershim Blvd. (west side of the street), just south of Magnolia. The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.