Marianne Marceau, Louise Marleau, Maryse Lapierre (Photo credit: Yves Renaud)
Jocasta: a cougar tale for all time
Huston’s femme-first version of Oedipus Rex probes the woman behind the man she birthed
by Sarah Deshaies
Written in 2009, Nancy Huston’s play Jocasta Regina pulls back the curtain of time on a powerful character doomed by cruel Greek fate.
Hailed as a champion for getting rid of the monster, he marries Jocasta, takes the throne and fulfills the prophecy.
If you don’t recall the story: Theban Queen Jocasta bears her husband Laius a son. Because a prophecy that warns the king he cannot save Thebes if he has a child, the baby (Oedipus) is bound by its feet and is taken to die of exposure. Instead, Oedipus ends up being adopted by the King and Queen of Corinth. When the grown Oedipus learns of the prophecy that decrees he will kill his father and marry his mother, he flees to escape his fate.
Length: 1 hour 40 minutes, no intermission.