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College Theatre presents classic Greek drama ‘Oedipus Rex’

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 11, 2019

The College of Lake County Theatre Department presents the Greek drama “Oedipus Rex” Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, a high-school matinee will take place Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Performances are held in the Studio Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on CLC’s Grayslake Campus.

While his city suffers from plague and ruin, Oedipus stands firm—a proud king who seems to have nothing to fear. Oedipus must solve the mystery of who murdered the previous king to save his city, and he is determined that no one will stand in his way. But in seeking the truth, his own worst nightmares come to light.

Written by Sophocles, ‘Oedipus Rex’ is considered to be Photo of cast members in Oedipus Rex performancethe greatest of all Greek plays, said Craig Rich, chair of CLC’s theatre department and director of the play. The CLC production is using a modern translation, by Stephen Berg and Diskin Clay, which was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “daring and experimental.”  Rich said, “The message of the drama feels so timely. ‘Oedipus Rex’ explores the relationship between a king and his people. Oedipus wants to save his people, but his over-confidence, paranoia and obsession brings about a tragic end. Audiences will find this play incredibly moving because it still has the power to shake us to our core.”  

Photo: Jocasta (Karah Janssen, Lindenhurst) breaks up an argument between Kreon (Jonathon Rocha, Waukegan, left) and Oedipus (Joshua Pride, Wadsworth) in CLC’s production of Sophocles’ “Oedipus Rex.”   

Tickets are available in person at the Box Office, by phone at (847) 543-2300 or online at, which also has pricing and discount information. To request sign language interpreting, please contact the Box Office at least two weeks in advance.

'Oedipus Rex’ cast and hometowns


Oedipus: Joshua Pride (Wadsworth)

Priest: Abigail Giles (Fox Lake)

Kreon: Jonathon Rocha (Waukegan)

Teiresias: Greg Sendi (North Barrington)

Jocasta: Karah Janssen (Lindenhurst)

Messenger: Reese Starzec (Round Lake)

Shepherd: Romeo Sobrepena (Lindenhurst)

Servant: Isabella Cernuska (Round Lake)

Leader of Chorus: Dylan Thomas (Winthrop Harbor)

Chorus: Joshua Cain (Lake Villa); Isabella Cernuska (Round Lake); Maddison Crecchio (Round Lake Beach); Abigail Giles (Fox Lake); Makala Griswold (Round Lake); Juan Hernandez (Round Lake); Jennifer Hinojosa (Waukegan); Sam Kim (Hawthorn Woods); Briana Livesay (Wauconda); Chantal Moody (Round Lake); Helen Murphy (Highland Park); Sarah Peppler (Wauconda); Alma Salgado (Gurnee); Owen Skarbalus (Lindenhurst); Romeo Sobrepena (Lindenhurst); and Reese Starzec (Round Lake).

About the CLC Theatre Department


The CLC Theatre Department offers 13 different courses and an Associate in Arts degree, with emphasis either on theatre performance (acting/directing) or technical theatre (design/stage management). For more information, contact the Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts division at (847) 543-2040 or visit Or become a fan of the College of Lake County Theatre Department Facebook page.


About College of Lake County


College of Lake County is an innovative community college in Lake County, Ill. that transforms lives with its variety of accessible, quality education options. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, College of Lake County provides affordable options in a state-of-the-art setting close to home. A large student network, with small class sizes,provides advantages to our students on a career-related program or a path toward a transfer degree. We’re proud to serve the diverse needs of our community and student body. Connect to your future today at College of Lake County.