Last chance to see Pendragon's Oedipus


By Craig Thornton


The Department of Theater and Dance at SUNY Potsdam is proud to sponsor the Pendragon Theatre presentation of Sophocles' "Oedipus," translated by Steven Berkoff, showing on campus this weekend.

"Oedipus" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in the Black Box Theater, located in SUNY Potsdam's new Performing Arts Center.

The Greek tragedy par excellence, "Oedipus" is a haunting story of a man's search to find the truth. Considered the first detective story, the drama is a kind of epic "whodunit," complete with mystery, murder and mayhem. Theatre's original "saint and sinner," Oedipus goes on a fact-finding mission that results in consequences beyond his imagination.

One of the trilogy of the Theban plays by Sophocles, this play drives forward at a furious pace, as one clue leads to the next, and the investigation builds to a shattering resolution. Using a new and accessible translation by celebrated actor and director Steven Berkoff, Pendragon's production takes place in a contemporary setting, enhancing the murder mystery qualities of the play. Oedipus becomes a modern self-made man, who unwittingly gets caught in the web of his fate, as he discovers the man he seeks is none other than himself.

The cast includes Josh Luteran (last seen as Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire") as Oedipus, Leslie Dame as Jocasta, Jordan Hornstein as Tiresias, Chris Leifheit as the Priest, and Jason Amrhein as Creon. "Oedipus" is directed by Pendragon Executive Artistic Director Karen Lordi-Kirkham.

Ticketing services for this event are provided by the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Tickets are available by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting The prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff or students.

Pendragon Theatre, the Adirondacks' only year-round professional theatre company, receives funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, visit

From directing, choreographing, acting and dancing, to designing and technical work, theatre and dance are highly collaborative art forms at SUNY Potsdam. To learn more about the College's Department of Theatre and Dance, visit

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