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Friday, Oct. 31, 2003


Oedipus tuned to a Japanese scale

The legend of Oedipus will be combined with the music of traditional Japanese instruments on Nov. 15 in Tokyo when the musical "Sabaku ni Kieta O (The King Who Disappeared in the Desert)" plays at Dai-ichi Seimei Hall in Harumi Triton Square.

Shoki Sekine has turned Sophocles' "Oedipus Rex" into a 2-hour play featuring three actors and an actress who each play two roles. Takashi Inagaki, for example, will play both Oedipus and the narrator. The play is in Japanese.

The music will be played by Nihon Ongaku Shudan, a group that performs on traditional Japanese instruments. The two-act play features compositions written by four members of the group.

The musical will start at 2 p.m. Advance tickets, priced between 3,000 yen and 5,000 yen, are available from Nihon Ongaku Shudan at (03) 3378-4741 or (03) 3376-2033 (fax), or Ticket Pia at (03) 5237-9990.

Dai-ichi Seimei Hall is an eight-minute walk from the A-2a exit of Kachidoki Station on the Oedo subway line.

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