Free tickets will be available for this event.

The Gospel at Colonus

Delacorte Theater

September 4 - 9


Co-presented by The Public Theater and Onassis Foundation USA

Book, Original Lyrics & Direction by Lee Breuer
Original Music, Adapted Lyrics & Music Direction by Bob Telson
Produced by Sharon Levy/Dovetail Productions, Inc.
Associate Producer, Mabou Mines


"An exhilarating musical celebration" The New York Times

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, one of the most powerful, soul-stirring shows in theater history, makes a triumphant return to New York, lighting up the Delacorte Theater this September.

Set in the context of a black Pentecostal service, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles’ classic Oedipus at Colonus. With the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting, this Obie-winning adaptation celebrates the 2400-year-old myth of Oedipus’ redemption with a rousing gospel and blues score. Conceived, adapted, and directed by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lee Breuer, with music composed, arranged, and directed by Academy Award nominee Bob Telson, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is a one-of-a-kind show featuring more than 40 powerhouse voices including gospel legends the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Legendary Soul Stirrers.

Photo by Melissa Gaul

Co-presented with

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS is made possible by the JKW Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and American Express.

Free tickets are available at the Delacorte in Central Park, via digital lottery, borough distributions, and by in-person lottery at The Public at Astor Place. Please expand each method's box for more information to access these tickets.

Production is expected to include smoke, haze, and strobing lights. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.