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Harry Partch: Oedipus: A Music Theater Drama

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
$20 ($10 students/seniors)
Harry Partch instrument

Twentieth century maverick composer Harry Partch turned Sophocles’s Oedipus play into a visual and aural extravaganza, combining spoken word, instrumentation, theater, and dance into a multi-genre theatrical work. Composed in the early 1950s and rarely performed anywhere, these special presentations bring to the Meany mainstage the combination of Partch’s handmade instruments with the enduring power of the composer’s unique artistic vision.

Oedipus – John Patrick Lowrie

Jocasta – Sarah Kolat

Spokesman – Dan White

Tiresias and the Shepherd – Shawna Avinger

Creon – Andrew Vose

Priest and the Messenger – Jim Quatier

Chorus – Shawna Avinger, Ashley Biehl, Kat Deininger, Natalie Ingrisano, Kelly Mak, Adele Lim


Clarinet – Angelique Poteat

Bass Clarinet – Alexander Tu

Cello – Chris Young

Contrabass – Abbey Blackwell

Adapted Viola and Adapted Guitar I – Luke Fitzpatrick

Adapted Guitar II and Harmonic Canon II – Patrick Perkins

Harmonic Canon II – Carol Levin

Kithara II – Jeff Bowen

Chromelodeon I – Steven Damouni, Whitney Dopierak

Chromelodeon II – Charles Corey

Diamond Marimba – Matt Grady

Gourd Tree and Cone Gongs – Zack Myers

Cloud-Chamber Bowls - Marcin Pączkowski

Bass Marimba – Paul Hansen

Marimba Eroica – Isaac Anderson


Sean Will Ryan – Director

Charles Corey – Music Director

Natalie Berg – Stage Manager

Andy Storms – Scenic Design

AliRose Panzarella – Costume Design

Kristina Winch – Assistant Costume Design, Wardrobe

Timur Yafunyaev – Video and Projection

Warren S. Woo – Movement Director