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Oedipus at Colonus at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus


Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles, directed by Yannis Kokkos, is presented at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus (August 17th - 18th, 2018).

Oedipus, close to the end of his life, seeks the temple of Athena at Colonus. The Chorus attempts to drive him out. However, King Theseus pardons him and allows him to stay, both because he is a suppliant and because Oedipus promises to repay the kindness if they allow him to have Colonus as his final resting place. Creon arrives from Thebes to claim Oedipus; however, his efforts are met with resistance by Theseus and the citizens of Athens. Polynices also arrives in Athens and asks his father to take his side in the upcoming battle against Eteocles. Oedipus curses both his sons. Suddenly, Zeus’ thunder signifies that the time has come for Oedipus to meet his end. Oedipus, accompanied by Theseus, proceeds to his burying place, blessing Athens and Theseus for their hospitality.

Sophocles’ final tragedy is at once a meditation on human fate and a tribute to his beloved city, Athens. Burdened by horrific crimes and haunted by his city, Thebes, the elderly Oedipus arrives at Colonus, almost as if he were a migrant, choosing this area as his final resting place.

Oedipus has been sentenced by the gods, led by them to Colonus, the place of his redemption.

Previously the agos of the polis, Oedipus re-emerges as a hero at Colonus. Its people receive him, both for moral reasons and for reasons of interest.A tragedy about physical and metaphysical borders, about the mystery of human freedom in the face of gods’ omnipotence, about responsibility, about old age, about the political rule of the Polis.Oedipus at Colonus is an intimate poem, a spiritual journey.

From Syracuse to Epidaurus, our tragedy will carry Oedipus all the way to the sacred forest of the Furies, to his final apotheosis.

For more information, please visit the official site of the Epidaurus festival.

Oedipus at Colonus at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

17/08/2018 - 18/08/2018

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Location: Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus Dates: 17 – 18 August 2018 Starts: 21.00


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