INTERNATIONALES THEATERINSTITUT / MIME CENTRUM BERLIN

MEDIATHEK

FÜR TANZ

UND THEATER

MCB-TV-6012

Oidipus král / Oedipus the King / König Ödipus

Autorenschaft
Beschreibung

"We are distracted from many things in life by fear, which stops us penetrating into places where the heart wants to go. Not to be scared and to be faithful to oneself calls for real courage. The heroes of Sophocles's tragedy are truly brave: they are afraid but they surpass themselves and aim at that place where is no room for fear. From the beginning we were frightened of a tragic pathos and we tried to avoid it but gradually we started to feel the strength and greatness of this thing called tragedy."
(by Andrey Prikotenko)

Synopsis of the play:
Scene One
Oedipus addresses the citizens of Thebes. He blames them for their distrust of his deeds and he swears that he will respect the instructions of the Delphi oracle in order to save the city from plague.

Scene Two
Creon, brother of Oedipus's wife, the queen Jocasta announces the will of gods: the murderer of the former king of Thebes, Laius, must be found and punished. Oedipus starts his search.

Scene Three
A chorus of old Theban men prays for the salvation of the city from plague. Oedipus curses the murderer of Laius.

Scene Four
Tiresias foretells the detection of a terrible crime done by Oedipus - the murderer of his father Laius and the husband of his mother Jocasta.

Scene Five
Oedipus classifies this prophecy as a political plot organised by Creon and Tiresias.

Scene Six
The confused chorus stands by Oedipus.

Scene Seven
Creon swears that he is innocent. Oedipus decides to execute the traitor in public.

Scene Eight
Oedipus set Creon free and admits that the prophecy of Tiresias agrees with the Delphic prophecy which was foretold to him. Jocasta persuades Oedipus of the opposite and she tells him that as fas as the predicted patricide of her former husband Laius, her and Laius's son was put to death as a young child.

Scene Nine
Jocasta describes the circumstances of Laius's death and Oedipus sees in them his bygone crime.

Scene Ten
Oedipus wants to kill himself as Laius's murderer and the cause of plague. Jocasta persuades him to send for a shepherd, the only witness of Laius's death.

Scene Eleven
A messenger form Cadmus appears and announces the death of Polybus, Oedipus's father. Oedipus and Jocasta rejoice at their victory over the gods and over the unfilled Delphi prophecy about Oedipus as a patricide. However, from the words of the messenger it is clear that Oedipus is Polybus's adopted son who was taken away in his boyhood from a Theban shepherd. Jocasta understands that Oedipus is her own son who was given to the shepherd to be killed by him. The horror is too much for Jocasta, who hangs herself.

Scene Twelve
The witness of Laius's death comes. He is the shepherd who saved Oedipu's life. Oedipus learns the truth from him. When he is convinced that he is the patricide, the husband of his own mother and the brother of his own children, he pokes out his eyes and leaves Thebes.

11th International Festival Theatre Pilsen Booklet (Printed Edition)
Regie
Gruppe / Compagnie / Ensemble
Darsteller
Bühnenbild
Kostüm
Standorte
MCB
Reihe
Sprache
CZ, RU
Aufnahmedatum
Samstag, 13. September 2003
Orte
Stadt
Plzen
Land
Tschechische Republik
Länge
120 min
Schlagworte