A recent production of the Greek tragedy “Oedipus Rex,” performed by the Penn State Harrisburg Capital Players Theatre Club, incorporated technologically forward staging and design elements different than anything seen before from Penn State Harrisburg students. The production team took on a creative direction that incorporated everything from 3D printing to reflective design elements and dramatic LED lighting.
Oedipus Rex has been performed since 429 BC, and one of the challenges identified by the crew was making a text that seems “other worldly at times” take on a fresh, modern atmosphere while remaining true to its ancient Greek traditions. The play’s director, Jesse Goranson, a graduate student in the community psychology and social change master’s program, believed that the best way to make the show different from other productions was by utilizing a futuristic, sci-fi aesthetic. He achieved this other-worldly feel by using silky, reflective fabrics, angled lights, and a large mirror wall.