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Galati Creates and Directs Oedipus Complex, a World Premiere, for Oregon Shakespeare in 2004
By Kenneth Jones
19 Nov 2003

Frank Galati, the Tony Award-winning Chicago-based director who brought The Grapes of Wrath to Broadway, will piece together works of Sophocles, Jean Paul Sartre and Sigmund Freud to create a world premiere, Oedipus Complex, for Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2004.

The new work, billed as "adapted and directed" by Frank Galati, is part of the Oregon Shakes season in Ashland, OR, Feb. 20-Oct. 31, 2004. Performances for Oedipus Complex play July 28-Oct. 30, 2004, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

"We all the know the story — or think we do — of a young man who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother," according to the production notes. "Sophocles' monumental treatment of this theme has been a staple of world theatre for more than 2,000 years. Now Frank Galati, Tony Award-winning director and adapter of The Grapes of Wrath, fuses Sophocles' play with the ideas of Sigmund Freud and Jean-Paul Sartre in a bold and provocative re-telling of Greek mythology."

The work contains nudity and mature themes.

Galati's creative team includes James Schuette (scenic), Mara Blumenfeld (costume), Don Holder (lighting).

The cast includes Jonathan Haugen, Judith-Marie Bergan, Gregory Linington, Armando Durán, William Langan, Michael J. Hume, Kenneth Albers, Robert Vincent Frank, Cristofer Jean, Leith Burke, Richard Farrell, Jeff Cummings, Brad Whitmore, John Tufts, Dane Bowman, Linda K. Morris, Dee Maaske and Nell Geisslinger.

Among Galati's recent projects have been directing the Kander and Ebb musical, The Visit, at The Goodman Theatre, and creating another theatre piece using existing texts in A Long Gay Book, drawn from the work of Gertrude Stein (with music by Stephen Flaherty), in Chicago.

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The 2004 Oregon Shakespeare season, under the artistic direction of Libby Appel, also includes Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Friedrich Durrenmatt's The Visit, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's The Royal Family, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog, Shakespeare's Henry VI Part One, Part Two and Part Three, Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy, Shakespeare's King Lear and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

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