Former US Poet Laureate Rita Dove was in town at a reception for the Atlanta premiere of her play, Darker Face of the Earth. Essential Theatre Company is performing the work at Actors' Express.
The play is a re-telling of Oedipus, the classic Greek tragedy in which a king tries unsuccessfully to avoid his fate, of killing his father and marrying his own mother. Dove's play takes place on a slave plantation in the American South. Recently, WABE's Lois Reitzes spoke with Rita Dove about the play. She began by asking: Why Oedipus?