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The Gospel at Colonus

January 17–26, 2020 | Cabot Theatre

Gospel at Colonus show art: A tall figure stands with his arms out

Past Show

This project is generously sponsored by:

Jan Serr & John Shannon

Audience Information


With the ground-shaking thunder of a revival meeting and an electrifying gospel and blues score, The Gospel at Colonus is an exuberant re-telling of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Featuring soaring voices, thrilling music, and powerful dance, the musical is set in the context of a black Pentecostal service. Gospel premiered on Broadway in 1988 and was revived in 2018, playing to capacity audiences at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Conceived and Adapted by Lee Breuer
Music Composed by Bob Telson
Based on an adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus in the version by Robert Fitzgerald and incorporating passages from both Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Antigone in the versions by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, which are published as The Oedipus Cycle of Sophocles, a harvest/HBJ Book, Harcourt Brace Jovanich, Inc. The Gospel at Colonus is available through Theatre Communication Group, NYC and the original cast recording is released on the Elektra/Nonesuch Label.


Runtime: 2 hours including a 20 minute intermission.

Please be aware that audiences seated on the left side of the theatre (house left), may have obstructed views of the choir, who sing on risers located on that side of the stage. No other parts of the performance are obstructed. If you have concerns about your tickets, please call the Box Office at 414-291-7800 and they will assist.

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Cast & Design Team


Oedipus - Byron Jones

Antigone - Tasha McCoy

Theseus/Choir Member - Curtis Bannister

Ismene - Raven Dockery

Creon - Allen Edge*

Polyneices/Choir Member - Dontrell Williams

Choragos - Shawn Holmes

Balladeer/Choir Member - Kevin James Sievert

Messenger - Marvin Hannah


Erica Brown, Texas Bufkin, Cynthia Cobb*, Tosha Freeman, Michaela Usher

*Denotes Member of Actors' Equity Association


Director - Sheri Williams Pannell

Music Director - Christie Chiles Twillie

Scenic Designer - Julia Noulin-Merat

Costume Designer - Amy Horst

Lighting Designer - Susan Nicholson

Sound Designer - Fitz Patton

Stage Manager - Martinique M. Barthel*

*Appearing through an agreement between Skylight Music Theatre and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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