The Blue Light Theatre Company's production of Oedipus, starring Billy Crudup and Oscar-winner Frances McDormand, begins performances at Manhattan's CSC Theatre space Sept. 20 for a run through Oct. 25. The official opening date is Oct. 11.
Crudup will play that grand, pre-Freudian schlimazel of Greek theatre, Oedipus, in director Dare Clubb's new adaptation of the ancient myth. Frances McDormand will essay the Jocasta role, here named Merope. Jeffrey Donavan has been cast as Tiresias and Johanna Day will be Periboea. Also in the cast are Jon De Vries, Alex Draper, Jonathan Fried, Carolyn McCormick, Larry Nathanson, Camilia Sanes, and Alan Tudyk.
According to a plot description, Clubb's Oedipus makes every effort to fulfill his tragic destiny, and the play follows his frustrated attempts to kill his father and bed his mother.
Crudup was last seen on stage as Solyony in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 1997 Broadway production of Three Sisters. Since making his Broadway debut in Lincoln Center's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, Crudup has forged a growing film career, appearing in such movies as Inventing the Abbotts, Grind and Everybody Says I Love You. He is also a member of the Drama Dept. theatre company, though he has yet to appear in one of its productions.
McDormand won an Oscar in 1997 for her performance as a pregnant, Midwestern sheriff in Fargo. Her other films include Mississippi Burning and Short Cuts. Among her stage roles are Masha in Three Sisters at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. Clubb and McDormand met at Yale University, where both attended school. Clubb decided the Blue Light was the right troupe to stage his version of the Oedipus myth after seeing its production of Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution in 1996. Oedipus will be a marathon outing, running over four hours with two intermissions. To combat this, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances of the show will commence at 7 PM, while Wednesday and Sunday will feature 2 PM matinees only.
For tickets to Oedipus call (212) 279-4200.