Loras Players present “Oedipus Rex”

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras Players, the theatre production arm of Loras College’s Division of Communication & Fine Arts, present a one-act adaptation of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, Thursday–Saturday, November 21–23 at 7:30 p.m.

The people of Thebes face a plague on the land. The oracle claims that the plague will end when the murderer of King Laius is found and punished. In pursuit of the murder, Oedipus the King learns unsettling truths and discovers that in his attempt to change his dark foretold fate, he unwittingly enabled it. Over centuries, Oedipus Rex has become regarded as the pinnacle of Greek tragedy and the summit of Sophocles’ achievements.

“We’re all very eager to stage the play that originated tragedy as we know it,” says Ryan M. Decker, assistant professor and director of theatre. “Oedipus Rex is perhaps the most well-known Greek tragedy to have survived the millennia. Part horror, part raw spectacle. Many are sure to know the story of the King who speeds his fate by trying to stave it off, but few have the opportunity to see it played out.”

The cast includes Jake Heelein (’22) (as Oedipus), Hannah Hazzard (’23) (Jocasta), Catherine Weltzer (’21) and Avery Wickersham (’23) (the Priestesses), Sean Spicer (’23)(Creon), and Lilly Feltes (’23) (Tiresias), with Caroline Brietbach (’20), Mary Fellers (’22), Brigid Flaherty (’20), Emma Hennessy (’23), Emily Lemire (’22), and Brittany Zanazoro (’20) (the Thebians). Decker directs and designs with stage management by Amelia Foley (’21), assistance by Nell Boylan (’22), and costume design by Morgan Muenster (’20).

Oedipus Rex runs as a one-act adaptation Thursday–Saturday, November 21–23 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Auditorium, Hoffmann Hall on the Loras College campus. General admission is $15; Loras-affiliated admission is free.

To learn more about Oedipus Rex and the rest of the Loras Players’ season, visit www.loras.edu/campus-life/involvement/loras-players or like the Loras Players on Facebook.

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About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).