A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)

Particle Cover

By Sam Shepard

Directed by J. Daniel Herring

September 29 – October 7, 2017

Location: The Dennis & Cheryl Woods Theatre (Speech Arts Building at Fresno State)

About the play:
In A Particle of Dread, Sam Shepard takes one of the most famous plays in history—Oedipus Rex—and transforms it into a modern American classic. In this telling, Oedipus, King of Thebes, prophesized to kill his father and marry his mother, alternates between his classical identity and that of contemporary “Otto.” Dazzlingly inventive, ringing with the timelessness of myth, A Particle of Dread is an unforgettable work that grapples with questions of storytelling and destiny—the narratives that we pass down, and how they shape our lives. It is a play that lingers in the mind long after we finish the last scene.