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The Gospel at Colonus - CANCELLED

  • 710 Corning Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50313
  • Presented By: PYRAMID THEATRE COMPANY AND DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS
  • Dates: September 17, 2021 - September 19, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Prairie Meadows Riviera Amphitheater at Riverview Park
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    PRESENTED BY PYRAMID THEATRE COMPANY AND DES MOINES PERFORMING ARTS

    This summer, Pyramid Theatre Company and Des Moines Performing Arts (DMPA) are partnering to present Pyramid's production of The Gospel at Colonus, a dynamic musical adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus by Lee Breuer. The Gospel at Colonus will be the first musical production under Pyramid’s belt and will be co-directed by Ken-Matt Martin, former Executive Director and Tiffany Johnson current Producing Artistic Director joining forces to create a beautiful weekend of celebrating, uplifting and embracing our community. 

    Set in the context of a Black Pentecostal service, this production follows the 2,400 year old myth of Oedipus’ at the end of his life, highlighting themes of forgiveness, redemption, life and love. With the lively musical performances and dance to gospel and blues scores, The Gospel at Colonus is a riveting experience from beginning to end.

    This poignant production is unique in the way it highlights Black music, joy and pain, in an incredible experience that anyone can immerse themselves in. The Gospel at Colonus debuted at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's inaugural Next Wave Festival in 1983. The musical features a book, original lyrics, and direction by Breuer, and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson.