Players have a new complex

Staff Writer

The Hyde Park Community Players (HPCP) have collaborated with the University of Chicago Classical Entertainment Society to present their first play together “Oedipus! The Musical!”

“It’s Mel Brooks writing a parody of Oedipus with songs by Weird Al Yankovic,” said writer John Poole.

The show is a modern parody of the classic Greek play “Oedipus Rex” featuring parodies of Broadway standards, Motown hits and songs from the 1950s.

The cast consists of five U. of C. music and theater students and four members of HPCP. This is the first time the two organizations have collaborated.

This is also the first time HPCP have had a roaming venue. The show will be performed over three weekends, in three different locations.

On the weekend of May 3 to 5 the show will be performed at Ida Noyes Theater, 1212 E. 59th St., on the third floor.

On May 10 and 11 the performance will be at the Ida Noyes West Lounge, 1212 E. 59th St.

The final weekend, May 17-19, the show will be performed at the Reva and David Logan Center For the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in either the courtyard or the penthouse, depending on the performance.

Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 3 p.m. There will be an opening night reception on May 3.

Those intending to see a performance are asked to verify the location beforehand at

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Students with a valid U. of C. ID can purchase tickets for $6 at the Logan Center box office and at the door.

Advance tickets are available online at, and in person at 57th St. Books, 1301 E. 57th St., and What the Traveler Saw, 1508 E. 55th St.