OEDIPUS THE KING
Translation by Disken Clay & Steven Berg
Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon
Set in the zen garden of a mythical Theban court, director Elizabeth Huffman created a fusion of ancient Greek theatre forms with Japanese Kabuki, Noh and Butoh elements to illuminate through a unique blend of cultures the universal themes of blind fate, destiny and enlightenment.
Ms. Huffman worked in collaboration with Larry Kominz, head of Japanese studies at PSU, along with Butoh choreographer Mizu Desierto, Japanese dancer Diana Hinatsu, composer Susan Hurley along with Portland Taiko providing excerpts from their albums and the Japanese Garden who helped to create the 25 foot zen garden for award winning designer Torie Van Horne.
With the use of elements taken from the traditions of both art forms, Ms. Huffman employed a stunning all male cast, with three actors playing all the central roles. This production marked an ambitious and exciting change for this 24 year old company.
Joachim Andria Pujol
*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
Corinne Gayle Lowenthal
Torie Van Horne
Bobby Brewer Wallin
Drammy Award for Outstanding Actor
By: Richard Wattenberg
Interview: KBOO's Dmae Roberts with Elizabeth Huffman and Trieu Tran
Feature Article Oregonian