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Oedipus Apparatus 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 30 2017
Price: $20-$25
Sophocles' drama Oedipus Tyrannus has survived more than two millennia because of the horror of its plot (man kills father and unwittingly marries his own mother) and because of the way it captures the inevitability of fate. Oedipus' father, Laius, demanded the boy be killed at birth in an attempt to defeat the prophecy that Laius would die by his son's hand as punishment for his past actions. Saved by shepherds, Oedipus survives. But even though he grows up unaware of his true parents identity, Oedipus is nevertheless doomed to slay one and bed the other, paying the price for sins his father committed before he was even born. Nothing he does can change his destiny. Lucy Cashion reworks the classic story in her new play, Oedipus Apparatus. Sophocles' plot is interwoven with episodes of the TV show The View and a guided meditation on death led by a Buddhist nun to create a new telling for a more modern age. West End Players Guild closes its season with Oedipus Apparatus. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 21 to 30) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.westendplayers.org). Tickets are $20 to $25.
— Paul Friswold

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