"Oedipus el Rey" - Victory Gardens

"Oedipus el Rey" - Victory Gardens

Victory Gardens presents 

Oedipus el Rey 

by Luis Alfaro

Directed by Chay Yew

June 29 – July 29, 2012

Chicago, IL– Victory Gardens concludes its 2011-12 season with Oedipus el Rey, written by Luis Alfaro and directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. The production runs June 29 – July 29, 2012 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park. The Press Opening is Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

In Luis Alfaro's thrilling reboot of the daddy of all tragedies, a young Chicano ex-con sets out to be the king of the Los Angeles gangland, fighting against the vicious cycle of fate and violence that awaits him. Set amid the sizzling rhythms and explosive violence of a California barrio, Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus el Rey is a sexy, modern take on a classic.       

“When I came to Chicago last July, there was much news coverage of gang violence in the Loop. Asked to select the last play of the 2011-12 season as the incoming artistic director, I immediately knew Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey would the perfect play to address the issues of gang and prison culture, class, race and recidivism in Chicagoland,” says Chay Yew.  “In Oedipus el Rey,Luis Alfaro asks the questions of fate and violence, ‘Is the fate of a person of a certain race and class to remain trapped in a system no matter how hard he or she tries to escape?’  ‘Is prison culture and violence cyclical?’  ‘Why is our system not working?’  As Chicagoans, these problems remain very close to home, so asking these questions about what we can do as citizens to better understand our roles and gang violence are important and timely.  Oedipus el Rey is a vivid and epic window into an underrepresented group of Americans—a view that I hope raises some very important questions about what we might do to heal our city and nation.” 

The cast includes Adam Poss (Oedipus); Arturo Soria (Creon); Charin Alvarez (Jocasta); Eddie Torres (Tiresias); Jessie David Perez (Coro); Madrid St. Angelo (Laius) and Steve Casillas (Coro). 

The designers are Kevin Depinet (scenic); Jesse Klug (lighting); Mikhail Fiksel (sound); and David Hyman (costumes).

Full performance schedule

Previews of Oedipus El Rey are June 29 – July 8, 2012: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Previews are $20-$40.   The Press opening is Monday, July 9 at 7:30 pm.  Regular performances run through July 29, 2012:  Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday at 4 pm; Sunday at 3 pm.   There will be a matinee on Wednesday, July 18 at 2:00 pm. There are no performances on Wednesday, July 4 or Tuesday, July 10.   Regular performances are $20-$50.

Performances are at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.  For tickets and information, call the Victory Gardens Box Office, 773.871.3000 (TTY: 773.871.0682), email, or visit  Ask the Box Office about student tickets ($15), senior, Access, 20 for $20, and rush discounts.  For group discounts, call 773.634.9874. 

A full and updated schedule of special events, post show discussions and presentations centered around performances of Oedipus El Rey is available at

About Victory Gardens Theater

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Executive Director Jan Kallish, Victory Gardens is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theatre work and cultivating an inclusive theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools,  bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population.   Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Our commitment to developing, supporting and producing new theatre work makes Victory Gardens an American Center for New Plays. In 2006, Victory Gardens successfully completed an $11.8 million renovation of Chicago’s famed Biograph Theater, and moved two blocks north from its longtime venue at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue, to its beautiful new home in one of Chicago’s most celebrated historic landmarks.  Renamed Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, the new venue is a state-of-the-art 299-seat mainstage which has greatly expanded the company’s artistic flexibility. In 2009, Victory Gardens completed the second phase of renovation at the Biograph, building an intimate, new, 109-seat studio theater on the second floor.  On March 1, 2010, at a special launch event for Victory Gardens $1 million Campaign for Growth, the theater’s new studio was officially named the Richard Christiansen Theater, in honor of the Chicago Tribune chief critic emeritus and longtime champion of Chicago’s live theater scene.  Visit for more details.

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