a world premiere adaptation by Raleigh’s Ian Finley from the plays of Sophocles
Burning Coal Theatre Company and Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh will collaborate on a production of The Greeks, adapted by Ian Finley from the plays of Sophocles (Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone) June 9 – 25, 2017 at CAM Raleigh, 409 West Martin Street, Warehouse District, Raleigh. The play will be performed in the galleries and run June 9 – 10, 16-17 and 23-24 at 7 pm and June 18 & 25 at 2 pm. The three one-hour plays may be viewed all on the same date (Tickets $25) or each play on a different date (tickets to each $10). Student Rush tickets at curtain time, if available, are $5 for the three play viewing. There is no performance on Sunday, June 11th. Attendees who wish to have dinner with the cast during the performance of Oedipus at Colonus can purchase a boxed dinner for an additional $10. Beer and wine available. If you wish to book tickets for a full viewing or if you wish to see one of the three plays at a time, please call us at 919.834.4001. Each play is one hour long with a 10 minute intermission to follow. Please visit www.burningcoal.org for information about ASL and audio described performances.
ABOUT THE GREEKS
Sophocles wrote Oedipus, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone in the 5th century BC (about 2500 years ago). The plays have been produced regularly since then. They were written as part of the Festival of Dionysus which itself was a religious ceremony that morphed over the years into something like what we think of as theatre today, when Thespis stepped from the Chorus and “performed” a role for the first time (that we know of) in human history. Athens was then a ‘City-State’ with the most powerful army and navy in the world and it dominated the known world. Sophocles plays are extraordinary in that they challenged the accepted religious dogma and the supremacy of the State. In short, they were radical to the max!
ABOUT IAN FINLEY
Originally from the mining town of Price, Utah, Ian Finley received his undergraduate degree in theatre from the University of Utah and his MFA from NYU (in playwriting). From graduate school, he moved to Raleigh and spent nine years developing Burning Coal Theatre Company’s education program, WillPower. His plays have been produced in several states and have been published. For Burning Coal he has written the book to Jude the Obscure, Parts 1 & 2 and 1960.
ABOUT THE CAST AND TEAM
Alex Tobey (Director) hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. He attended Enloe High School and then the North Carolina School of the Arts (BA) before getting his MFA in directing at Carnegie Mellon University (John Wells Fellowship). He currently resides in New York City.
The cast of The Greeks will include John Allore (Shining City, Blue Sky), Ellie Barone (Written on the Heart), Chloe Oliver, Ben Apple (Rum & Vodka) and Freyja Sindemark.