ASU Theatre and Dance Presents 'The Gospel at Colonus'

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A gospel musical with a classic twist returns to the Alabama State University Theatre stage. “The Gospel at Colonus,” a part of ASU’s 2019 Homecoming / Turkey Day Classic lineup, will be held Nov. 19-22 (Tuesday- Friday) at 7 p.m. at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.

The cast of actors, singers and dancers are led by ASU director Brian Martin, interim chair for the department of Theatre. Martin teams up with Trenholm State College’s director of Choral Music, Lewis Webb, for the production. Dynamic choreography by James Atkinson, coordinator for ASU’s BFA Dance Program, highlights the brightest among dance majors.

“The Gospel at Colonus,” written by Greek playwright Sophocles, tells the powerfully redemptive story of Oedipus, who is a tragic hero in the classical Greek trilogy.Oedipus' life is full of prophetic twists and turns that finally lead to  his devastation,The play is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.

“I’m so honored to introduce it (“Colonus”) to yet another generation of theatre and dance students. It’s both a gospel musical and classic,” Martin said. “This is an epic production you don’t want to miss.”

Other theatre members also helped bring the production to life.  Students learned the valuable skills of assistant directing (senior Ziquariah Williamson) and stage management (senior Jeffery Stephens), while faculty members collaborated with costume designer Ramona Ward, scenic designer Charles Moncrief, lighting director Thomas Rodman and fight choreographer Kenderick Hardy.

Tickets are available online at or at the ASU Hornet Stadium box office.

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