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Phoenix Players to Present "Oedipus"

Cumberland University's Phoenix Players will bring Sophocles' classic tale of fate and flaws to life as they present "Oedipus the King" at the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center, Nov. 1-4.

Though the story of Oedipus has been portrayed countless times throughout the centuries, the Phoenix Players' upcoming production will take on a decidedly modern twist thanks to the efforts of Dr. Larry T. Menefee, Cumberland University Professor of Speech and Theatre.

The Phoenix Players' production is based on Menefee's original translation of the Greek tragedy and aims to convey the play's central themes to a modern-day audience.

"This translation implements the Judean concept of a single, living God, as to and in lieu of the Greek Pantheon," Menefee explained. "It is my belief that this translation will add relevance for what we expect to be a predominantly Christian audience. In the end, our audience will feel the same crisis and influence of faith that a Greek audience would have experienced centuries ago."

The Players' production will feature Mt. Juliet native Jeremy Jenkins in the title role. Jenkins is a veteran member of the Cumberland theatre group and has performed leading roles in a host of CU productions, including the Phoenix Players' wildly successful fall 2006 production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Other principle players in the upcoming production include Brendan Tramel as Jocasta; Nicholas Williams as Creon; Jack Yatsko as Tiresias; Ben Briscoe as The Messenger from Corinth; Steven Bennett as The Shepherd from Mount Citheron and Renee Lierow as The Messenger from the House.

"Oedipus the King will be presented at 7 p.m. nightly on Nov. 1-3. A matinee performance will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. Admission is free for Cumberland University students, faculty, staff and CUFAC (Cumberland University Fine Arts Council) members with identification.

For more information or to make reservations for this special production, contact the Heydel Fine Arts Center Box Office at 615.547.1380 or e-mail The Phoenix Players' production of "Oedipus the King" is made possible in part due to the support of CUFAC and the CBRL Group Foundation.