This week, Vintage Books published Oedipus Trilogy, which collects Bryan Doerries’s new translations of Sophocles’s Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. For those of you who prefer to watch than read theater—or want to do both—Theater of War has enlisted a team of powerhouse actors to perform scenes from each of Doerries’s Oedipus translations for free, via Zoom.
Oedipus the King will be performed on November 3rd at 7 pm EST, Oedipus at Colonus will be performed on November 5th at 7 pm EST, and Antigone will be performed on November 7th at 7 pm EST. The casts include actors like Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit), Frankie Faison (The Wire), and Jumaane Williams (New York City Public Advocate, who has discussed his love for acting publicly).
In addition to the readings, Theater of War will lead audience discussions via Zoom, which will reflect on the place of ancient tragedy in modern lives. The world of Oedipus is hot and dry and ravaged by plague—sound familiar?