Director’s Note – Oedipus Rex

Oedipus Rex

The truth shall set you free, as the saying goes.

Humankind has been searching for the truth since before the first of us peered into the dark sky above and wondered about those twinkling stars.

Our desire for clarity continues today, and even as we begin our play–The much-loved leader of Thebes, King Oedipus, addresses his people and assures them that he will stop at nothing to find the truth and save them from their pain.

There is, of course, another saying: Curiosity killed the cat.

That’s the tricky thing about truth. It’s not really so concerned with our feelings, or even our well-being. We may not always want to look at our bank accounts, medical reports, or the news from abroad, but in the end, if fate decrees we must move forward, we must see the truth.

These days it seems it’s more difficult than ever to know where the truth really lies. Modern life is bombarded with a cacophony of opinions, thoughts, reports, and noise noise noise. Any individual seeking Truth with a capital ‘T’ is likely to find along with it, confusion, contradiction, even despair.

Perhaps you’ll find some comfort in the notion that this has been a human problem since Sophocles first put ink on papyrus over 2,400 years ago to write his masterpiece, Oedipus Rex.

Humanity is pretty good at figuring things out. Most of us agree that we’ve gotten to the moon. We’ve constructed grand shining cities. We’ve even found ways to peer into the depths of our own solar system and genetic code.

But in the end, Fate, the gods–whatever you want to call it–will reveal the ultimate Truth about our place in the universe.

While discovering the Truth may not always be a pleasant experience, it is what it must be, and in the end, we’ll all be the better for it.

Thank you for taking this journey of discovery with us, and as the saying goes:

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

-Kevin Dedes

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