The Gospel at Colonus

Oct 27th

  • Time7:30 PM
Join the Black Theatre Troupe as they enter into their 54th season of “Preserving the Past and Embracing the Future”. This landmark work of the American musical theatre blends the agony of Greek tragedy and the ecstasy of Black gospel music. This retelling of Sophocles’ classic Oedipus at Colonus is performed as a song play that is set in a Pentecostal church.
Inspired by the joyous faith at the heart of African-American gospel music, it replaces Bible stories with Greek myth. It is a sermon on the ways of fate and particularly on a “happy death” - that is sung, acted, and preached. The members of the congregation and choir under the leadership of the minister all assume the characters of “the play” with the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting.

  • Location Tempe Center for the Arts
  • 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy
  • Tempe, Arizona 85281
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Saturday, Oct 28
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