WSC Avant Bard | theater on the edge
The Gospel at Colonus
By Lee Breuer and Bob Telson
Directed by Sandra L. Holloway
Original Direction by Jennifer L. Nelson
Musical Direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short
Starring William T. Newman Jr. as Preacher Oedipus and Kenton Rodgers as Singer Oedipus
Produced in collaboration with Minister Becky Sanders and The Women’s Ecumenical Choir
February 22 - March 25, 2018
Opening Night: February 27, 2018
A soaring musical celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life, The Gospel at Colonus was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983 and a Metro DC phenomenon when Avant Bard mounted it in an up-close and intimate production. With its epic poetry and transcendent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting art can emerge.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
May 31 - July 8, 2018
Opening Night: June 5, 2018
Shakespeare's farewell play, the only work he set in the New World, is filled with dazzling magic, young love, cross-cultural strife, and ultimately forgiveness. Christopher Henley, fresh off rave reviews as Lear's Fool, plays the sorcerer Prospero in a reinvigoration of this classic dark comedy. In Avant Bard's offbeat update, The Tempest tells a story of colonials and refugees that asks, "How can we all get along on this island Earth?"