WBEZ | Luis Alfaro http://www.wbez.org/tags/luis-alfaro Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Play based on Greek classic set in contemporary gangland http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/play-based-greek-classic-set-contemporary-gangland-100740 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/POss (front), Casillas, Soria, Perez.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the death toll rises in Chicago, a play at Victory Gardens Theater is taking on the issue of gangs and violence.</p><p><a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/oedipus.php"><em>Oedipus El Rey</em></a>, which runs through July, is modeled after the Greek classic. But in this version, Oedipus is a young ex-convict trying to become the king of gangland in South Central L.A.</p><p>The playwright, Luis Alfaro, is from L.A. himself. He sat down to talk with WBEZ&rsquo;s Richard Steele about the genesis of the play, his own experience working as an artist in the prison system, and gang culture.</p><p><em>Adam Peindl produced this feature.</em></p><p><em>Victory Gardens Theater is working with community groups to hold <a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/oedipus.php">discussions</a> based on the play&#39;s themes. </em></p></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/play-based-greek-classic-set-contemporary-gangland-100740