Oedipus, the Theban king whose city is psychically cursed by a murderous and incestuous prophecy he unknowingly fulfilled in the past, will become Oedipus, the modern-day African leader whose land is physically ravaged by the AIDS epidemic in Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald's new adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy at Hartford Stage. The production, directed by Jonathan Wilson, began previews on Jan. 11 and opens Jan. 16 for a run through Feb. 11.
Wilson will outfit the production with traditional African costumes, drumming and dancing. Acting as a Greek chorus will be patients at the local AIDS clinic.
Reg Flowers will play the unlucky king. Stephanie Berry is his mother wife Jocasta, Lou Ferguson is Teiresias and Michale Early is Creon.
Tickets are $20-$55. Hartford Stage is located at 50 Church Street. For more information, call (860) 527-5151.
—By Robert Simonson