Friday, September 30, 2011

All Male Version Of Oedipus Rex and Female Version of Seven Against Thebes Performing Outdoors This Weekend On Roosevelt Island From Faux-Real Theatre Company

The Faux-Real Theatre Company is coming to Roosevelt Island this weekend to perform an all male version of Oedipus Rex on Saturday October 1 and all female version of Seven Against Thebes on Sunday October 2. Both shows are free and will start 2 PM outdoors at the Roosevelt Landings Amphitheater (behind 540 Main Street).

According to the Faux folks:

If we were to travel back in time to see the earliest plays in ancient Greece, we would think we were at an avant-garde rock musical: fifty scantily clad men on stage wildly dancing the Dithyramb (the “drunken goat dance”) before an audience numbering in the thousands. Greek drama was an entertainment form both of the people and for the people.

In the spirit of this exuberant and community-inclusive Dionysian aesthetic, The Faux-Real Theatre Company is presenting an all-male production of Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX and an all-female production of Aeschylus’ SEVEN AGAINST THEBES. Both productions will be presented exactly as the ancients intended them to be performed… sort of. Each show will feature a mono-gendered cast of 12 dressed in bold colorful costumes, fantastical masks, live music and Faux-Real’s broad stylized approach to acting that Aeschylus and Sophocles might have confused as their own.
Here's a You Tube video from last year's performance of Oedipus Rex by Faux at the Roosevelt Landings Amphitheater.