Pendragon presents farewell ‘Oedipus’ show

SARANAC LAKE – Pendragon Theatre will present a farewell performance of Sophocles’ “Oedipus,” translated by Steven Berkoff at 8 p.m. Saturday at the theatre.

“Oedipus” will close with a final performance at Pendragon in Saranac Lake after a long, successful run of tours to schools throughout the Adirondack Park. Don’t miss your last chance to see this modern twist on a classic tragedy! A closing reception will follow the performance.

“Who done it? “Oedipus is considered the first detective story. He is made King by solving the riddle of the Sphinx: “What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three in the evening?” The story of this play challenges his skills further as he attempts to unravel the murder mystery of who killed the former King. He does not disappoint, but the consequences send shivers down the spine.

Is Oedipus guilty? Is this a man whose arrogance and blasphemy lead to his downfall? Or is he merely a victim of circumstance and coincidence? Or a hero who pursues truth no matter what the costs? Fate or free will? Steven Berkoff, the translator of our version of Sophocles 429BC play, remarks “I’ve always been fascinated by this play, since it has one of the most remarkable plots in world of drama. Also the most shocking.” Much has changed, but not our unrelenting quest to answer “Who am I?”

The cast includes Josh Luteran (last seen as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire) as Oedipus, Leslie Dame as Jocasta, Jordan Hornstein as Tiresias, Chris Leifheit as the Messenger and Jason Amrhein as Creon and is directed by Pendragon’s Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $12 for children under 17.

Pendragon Theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Ave. Saranac Lake.

For more information, call 518-891-1854, email info@pendragontheatre.org, or visit on Facebook, Twitter or www.PendragonTheatre.org.