CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Theatre will kick off its 2012-13 season with Sophocles' epic tragedy, "Oedipus, The King." Performances will take place Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 18, on the main stage of OSU's Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way.

Director and scenic designer George Caldwell sets this tragedy in a brutal ancient world of violence and danger. Caught in the crosshairs of fate, prophesy, and personal honor, noble King Oedipus resolves to save his adopted city of Thebes at the cost of uncovering his own cursed past.

The cast features OSU students Michael Beaton as Oedipus, Chris Peterman as Creon, Madeline Katz as Jocasta, Mike Turner as Tireseas the blind prophet, Andrew Atkinson as the high priest, Kevin Jones as the chorus leader, and Alex Weingarten as the messenger. The large chorus is also made up of OSU students. Sean Marie French-Byrne, a high school student from Albany, will appear as Antigone and Mickey Truex will appear as Ismene.

Tickets are on sale starting Nov. 5. Prices are $12 for general audiences, $10 for seniors, $8 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets for "Oedipus, The King" are available by calling the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or online at

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