Audio Theatre Creates New Partnerships for Greek Tragedy

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Lean & Hungry Theater is set to broadcast its first classical greek tragedy, Oedipus The King, on November 16th, 2014 at 6 pm.

One of the most commonly studied tales from ancient Greece is the story of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, the tragic story of a hero driven to seek the truth. Lean & Hungry Theater is putting a spin on the classic drama for the airwaves on Sunday, November 16th broadcasting LIVE on WAMU 88.5 FM at 6:00 p.m. EST. This performance is hosted in partnership with THEARC, Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 17th at

The audience will find themselves in a Chicago congregation where the story of Oedipus The King is a minister’s topic for Sunday’s sermon. The Pastor’s tale unfolds in the fictional West African country of “Thebes.” Original music composition by Lean & Hungry veteran composer Tom Carman will center on traditional African instrumentation, including djembe and kora. The cast features the talents of former African Continuum Artistic Director Jennifer Nelson, A.J. Calbert, Duyen Washington, William T. Newman Jr. and the 20-voice gospel choir from St. Philip the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Anacostia. Join us at 5:00 p.m. for our pre-show marketplace where visitors can find a wide range of hand-crafted items.

"It’s an exciting time for Lean & Hungry Theater,” said Artistic Director Jessica Hansen. “We have been working toward collaborations with Ward 7 organizations for many years, in our mission to support classroom teachers with accessible forms of the classics. In January, we taught a series of workshops on Romeo and Juliet at Chavez PCS, and this production continues our development in Ward 7 with the partnerships of THEARC and the St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.”

Lean & Hungry Theater creates one-hour audio adaptations of Western literature classics, drawn from national reading lists for middle- and high-school classrooms. These audio productions are broadcast on NPR stations nationwide and MP3 downloads are available for purchase. Lean & Hungry Theater produces companion study guides to support classroom curricula for these classic books and plays. Lean & Hungry Theater is endorsed by the National Federation of The Blind and The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Learn more at

THEARC, at 1901 Mississippi Ave, SE; Washington, DC 20020, provides access to high quality educational, health, cultural, recreation, and social service programs. Building Bridges Across the River is the 501-c-3 nonprofit organization that built and now runs THEARC. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management and financial oversight. More information can be found at

WAMU 88.5 is an NPR affiliated sation committed to supporting the arts and culture in the Washington, D.C. metro area. As the region's most trusted radio station, our listeners know that we offer high quality programming not available elsewhere. We are pleased to broadcast live Lean & Hungry Theater's Oedipus the King, bringing classics of literature to audiences of all ages through radio.


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