Awkwardly related:                                 The Oedipus and Antigone Project


Awkwardly Related: The Oedipus and Antigone Project examines the time that passes in-between two classic Sophocles plays: Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus. It follows the journey Oedipus and Antigone undertake as father/daughter, brother/sister, traveling as societal outcasts at the end of one play to oddly empowered individuals at the beginning of the next. Instead of recreating Sophocles’ time, I am asking what the story of these exiles reveals about conflicting allegiances between family loyalties and contemporary citizenship in today’s political climate. 

Awkwardly Related centers around issues of migration and questions of how we navigate between familial obligation and civic responsibility. Oedipus attempts to uphold the city-state, unwittingly demolishing his own household. Antigone does the opposite: willfully disobeying the edicts of law and order to preserve her family. Neither choice works out well (it is Greek tragedy, after all). Yet as a father of a pre-teen in an age of rising autocracies, my interest is in the struggle these two embody to maintain family bonds alongside the needs of society. Also, as an immigrant’s son and a transplant to Los Angeles, I view their journey as emblematic of the travels families make, leaving home to seek greater possibilities and/or safety. I question the ramifications of the act of migrating: What is stirred up on the journey once one has left but not yet arrived? How do you reflect on the choice to go? How do one’s emotions change as you approach a destination?

 

PREMIERE DATE - February 2019 at The Getty Villa