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"TIMELY & VIBRANT." - Alexis Soloski, The New York Times 


Set in South Central LA, OEDIPUS EL REY is an electrifying new take on the Greek tragedy, written by acclaimed playwright Luis Alfaro (Electricidad, Straight as a Line).

Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he’s spent his life.  But in a place where everyone is trapped—by desperation or fate, history or violence—no one man can change his story alone.  Love, family and belief collide in this chilling, incredibly powerful new play that asks: what’s fate, and what’s just the system?

The Sol Project

OEDIPUS EL REY is made possible with the generous support of David Frederick & Sophia Lynn and the Time Warner Foundation

All orders subject to $5 per ticket service fee and $2 per ticket facility fee. Service fees are waived when you buy in person at the Box Office. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change. 

New York Premiere

Written by Luis Alfaro
Directed by Chay Yew
in collaboration with The Sol Project

Featuring Juan Castano (Oedipus, Coro); Sandra Delgado (Jocasta);Julio Monge (Tiresias, Coro); Joel Perez (Creon, Coro); Brian Quijada (Coro); Reza Salazar (Coro); and Juan Francisco Villa (Laius, Coro).


Scenic Design: Riccardo Hernandez

Costume Design: Anita Yavich

Lighting Design: Lap Chi Chu

Original Music & Sound Design: Fabian Obispo

Public Forum is also the home of The Public’s audience engagement activities, which include Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, Speaker Series panels, and the online resource Digiturgy. Depending on the production, audience engagement activities may include:

 Artist Talkbacks- Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process

 Speaker Series- a 20-to-30 minute panel discussion after the performance with experts discussing a topic from the show

 Audience Conversations- Members of The Public’s artists staff lead the audience in a conversation with each other about the show and its themes and ideas

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