Tracing circles — that may be one way to describe the goings on at Su Teatro Arts and Culture Center right now. After all, Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s legendary experimental work “The Gospel at Colonus,” running through June 30, seems to be circling back to its roots. The duo’s remarkable blending of Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus at Colonus” with African American religious ritual found its inspiration in community: black Pentecostal churches, to be exact. In 1983 “Gospel” was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival with Morgan Freeman in the role of Preacher Oedipus. In 1988 it had a Broadway run and was nominated for a Tony.
Now, thanks to the tag-team efforts of Su Teatro and the Source Theatre Company, the musical returns to a theater bent on engaging community in a most participatory way.[...] More