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[STAGED READING] Oedipus The King, by Sophocles. Translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess

  • Fort Mason Chapel Golden Gate National Recreation Area San Francisco, CA 94109 (map)


MP+D responds to our volatile political climate with a staged reading of Anthony Burgess's translation of Oedipus followed by discussion, dessert, and wine. Oedipus is our iconic anti-hero, fated from birth for tragedy, who blindly continues on, convinced he has managed to outwit fate. Directed by Jamie Lyons, and designed by John Warren Travis, this site responsive performance at Fort Mason Chapel will use the medium of staged reading, and elements of dance, sound, and costumes to experiment with the process of storytelling and character development. Animated with ideas of power, blindness, truth, and redemption, Sophocles's play speaks to us in new ways today. Director Lyons will energize the reading of Anthony Burgess's accessible and dynamic rendition with all the contradictions and complexities of Oedipus’ downfall and the pain and suffering of those around him. Presented as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Duration: 90mn no intermission.

Jamie Lyons (director) focuses on constructing site specific performances of the fragmentary plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. As co-founding artistic director of Collected Works he co-directed a site specific production of Jean Genet’s The Balcony at The Old Mint in San Francisco. His other experiences in theatre include work at the Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, PS122, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and for six years with the avant-garde theatre company, Mabou Mines.

Before devoting himself full-time to painting, John Warren Travis (designer, co-producer) enjoyed a long career as a theatre designer. John has designed costumes and, in some instances, scenery for more than 150 productions on the West Coast including: Berkeley Repertory Theatre; California Shakespeare Festival; American Conservatory Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts; Mark Taper Forum; and the San Francisco Ballet. Since his retirement, John Warren Travis has maintained a studio at 1890 Bryant Street and exhibited regularly in California.


By Sophocles, translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess

A staged reading directed by Jamie Lyons
Designed by John Warren

Saturday May 27, 2017
7:30PM (90 Minutes + conversation and food)
Fort Mason Chapel
GGNRA, San Francisco

ALL public over +16
General Admission: $22
Full time students with ID/Seniors: $4 off cover price
See link below for tickets
Info: 415.741.3531 |


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Artist Reception May 18, 2017, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Exhibition on view through June 15, 2017
Museum of Performance +Design
893B Folsom Street, San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Wed. through Sat., 12:30 - 5:30pm (Thu. till 7:30pm)
FREE and open to the public
Info: 415.741.3531 |