Worcester State to present ‘dynamic virtual theater production’ of play by Sophocles

📷 Courtesy photos of Autumn Thebodo (left) and Bellalorraine Carey-Hicks (right).

WORCESTER — Worcester State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department will feature Dudley natives Autumn Thebodo ‘21 and Bellalorraine Carey-Hicks ‘22 in a virtual performance of “Oedipus, the King” by Sophocles on December 3, 2020 through December 9, 2020.

Thebodo, who studies Geography and Theatre, and Carey-Hicks, who studies Theatre and English, will play the roles of Priest of Zeus and Teiresias, a prophet, respectively. The special theatre production, which is being made accessible to the community, is a reflection of current events with its relevant storyline and creative presentation.

In the play translated by Nicholas Rudall, the citizens of Thebes are dismayed and angered because their city is beset with a plague. They demand their King, Oedipus, save them. When Oedipus learns that the plague is caused by a man who is cursed, he must find the man and deport him in order to save the city.

The dynamic virtual production is scheduled to stream nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, December 3, 2020 through Wednesday, December 9, 2020, with a 2 p.m. matinee stream available on Sunday, December 6, 2020. A live, interactive “talk back” with the cast will immediately follow the opening night presentation on December 3. A link to the shows will be featured on the following Visual and Performing Arts website prior to showtimes: www.worcester.edu/Visual-and-Performing-Arts/.

While audience members will have the opportunity to watch the online production for free, Worcester State University Visual and Performing Arts Chair and Theatre Profesor Adam Zahler, who is directing the show, said that organizers will provide information at the conclusion of each stream to collect optional donations to support the Focus on the Arts fund at Worcester State. “In a typical semester, VPA theatre productions take place in person with our audiences in Fueller Theatre with ticket admissions, funds that are critical for supporting conference attendance, guest artists, and other academic endeavors for our students,” said Zahler. “While current events have changed how we deliver the arts right now, we’re committed to adapting to the times and encouraging our students as they turn to their arts. VPA is proud of the hard work of this cast and crew, and we’re excited to make ‘Oedipus, the King’ accessible to others through the distance.”

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