TTU arts roundup: TTU Backdoor Playhouse presents Winter 2012 production of Oedipus Rex

Posted by Lori Shull - Thursday, February 02 2012

Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex opens at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Tennessee Tech University’s Backdoor Playhouse.

First performed in Athens around 430 B.C., Oedipus is one of the most famous tragedies ever written. It explores themes such as fate vs. free will, guilt and shame and sight vs. blindness, all set around the central character Oedipus, king of Thebes.

The production is the second of three to mark the Tech Players’ 57th season at the Playhouse. The official drama club of TTU, the Tech Players was founded in 1954 by English instructor Dorothy Printz Pennebaker.

TTU student Matt Wilson is the show’s director.

Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 9-11, Monday and Tuesday, Feb.13-14 and again on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18. There will be a show at 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

For more information, call 931-372-6595 or email TTU theater professor Mark Creter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

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The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 372-3161.