When life, more brutally than drama, delivers its irreversible calamities and judgments, it forces us to re-examine our actions and our purpose. We are no more at home in the world, no more comfortable with the inescapable fact of human suffering and the silence of the gods, than our ancient forbears were.
The cast and crew of Illinois State University's OEDIPUS (by Ellen McLaughlin) are teaming up with the International Rescue Committee. Just like the suffering city of Thebes, there are people all over the world caught in overwhelming and inexplicable crisis - their lives shattered by war and persecution, seeking refuge and safety. We look to OEDIPUS, where we see a leader who spares nothing to meet that crisis head on.
This tragedy is far more spectacular than the common round of human suffering, but we share a bond of mortality with him, because we are, in essence, like him. We, like Oedipus, despite the familiar limitations of our mortality, and for the sake of the suffering, must battle the silence of the world and make it speak!
The hordes of the lost are suffering are calling , and reaching out to you.
By Ellen McLaughlin
Directed by Kristin L. Schoenback
October 13th - 28th
Production Information: https://events.illinoisstate.edu/event/oedipus/