Museum of Performance & Design


Oedipus: A staged reading directed by Jamie Lyons

Date and Time: Saturday May 27, 7:30 PM
Duration: 90 mins, no intermission
Location: Chapel

Ticket Information

General Admission: $22
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

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Director: Jamie Lyons
Producer: John Travis

Sponsored by: Museum of Performance + Design

Artist Information


Work Sample


MP+D responds to our volatile political climate with a staged reading of Oedipus followed by a communal discussion around food at the Fort Mason Chapel as part of SFIAF. Oedipus is our iconic anti-hero, fated from birth for tragedy, who blindly continues on, convinced he has managed to outwit fate. Directed by Jamie Lyons and designed by John Warren Travis, this site responsive performance will use the medium of staged reading, and elements of dance and sound, to experiment with the process of storytelling and character development. Animated with ideas of power, blindness, truth, and redemption, Sophocles's play speaks to us in a new way today. The accessible and dynamic rendition by Anthony Burgess will further energize the reading with all the contradictions and complexities of Oedipus’ downfall and the pain and suffering of those around him.


James Charles Lyons, director. James Charles Lyons focuses on constructing site specific performances of the fragmentary plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. As co-founding artistic director of Collected Works he co-directed a site specific production of Jean Genet’s The Balcony at The Old Mint in San Francisco. His other experiences in theatre include work at the Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, PS122, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and for six years with the avant-garde theatre company, Mabou Mines.

John Warren Travis, designer, co-producer Before devoting himself full-time to painting, Warren Travis enjoyed a long career as a theatre designer. John has designed costumes and, in some instances, scenery for more than 150 productions on the West Coast including: Berkeley Repertory Theatre; California Shakespeare Festival; American Conservatory Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts; Mark Taper Forum; and the San Francisco Ballet. Since his retirement, John Warren Travis has maintained a studio at 1890 Bryant Street and exhibited regularly in California.

Museum of Performance +Design, co-producer Located in San Francisco, the Museum of Performance +Design is one of the largest archives of the performing arts in the nation. It collects and makes accessible materials about the performings arts, with a special emphasis on documenting and preserving San Francisco Bay Area’s rich and diverse performing arts heritage from the Gold Rush to the present.. 

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