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The Greeks 

When: June 9-25 2017
Price: $10

Autocracy, hubris, and immigrants denied sanctuary: these modern-day dilemmas remind us that the classics have never been out of style since Greek civilization grappled with them in the fifth century BCE. In adapting Sophocles's three Theban plays—Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone—for Burning Coal Theatre Company, playwright Ian Finley and director Alex Tobey discovered odd resonances with the present. Students performing Antigone last summer were convinced it was about Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders; in an age of arbitrary travel bans, Colonus now shows us that home and hospitality are the greatest gifts we can receive or give. "Nietzsche said we invent the Greeks that we need," Finley observes about texts that disclose how far our civilization hasn't come in 2,000 years. —Byron Woods

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