The Oedipus Cycle: The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles   LR


T104

Tuesdays

3:30pm – 5:00pm

BCC South County Center

Room S5

Great Barrington

4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21

Five Sessions

Note: late start date

One of the greatest dramatists of the western world, Sophocles is ever present in our

intellectual and emotional life. The “Oedipus complex” has become both a psychological

identification and a popular cliché. Antigone’s rebellion against a tyrannical regime has

been an inspiration to oppressed people for over two millennia, including during the Nazi

occupation of France. We will explore the origins and conventions of Ancient Greek theatre,

read aloud portions of the plays Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, and

in the last of five classes we’ll consider a modern take on the Antigone story, Antigone by

Jean Anouilh. Best of all we will experience the grandeur and the continued relevance of

these classic works. LIMITED REGISTRATION: 15


Suggested Reading: Choose any modern translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Collonus, and Antigone, if possible with line numbering which will help when talking about the text in class. Any translation of Antigone by Anouilh, is also fine, again with line numbering if possible.


After a long career in medicine, Steven Somkin returned to his two real loves, playwriting and the Ancient Greeks (his B.A. was in philosophy with a particular emphasis on Plato). An award-winning playwright, he has written 15 full length and a dozen shorter plays, many produced in New York City and the Berkshires, and two of which are published. He is a co-founder and current leader of The Greek Geeks, a group devoted to reading the plays of ancient Greece. He holds a M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.


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