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Using the East L.A. barrios as the backdrop for this adaptation of Electra, this modern twist on the Greek tragedy thrusts you into fits of laughter and catches your breath in moments of unimaginable sorrow. The king of the East Side Locos has been murdered and the House of Atridas is in chaos. A young chola enraged by her father's murder is lost between her desire for revenge and her longing for redemption.

Luis Alfaro (born 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is a Chicano performance artist, writer, theater director, and social activist. His plays and fiction are set in Los Angeles's Chicano barrios, including the Pico Union district, and often feature gay and lesbian and working-class themes. Many of Alfaro's plays also deal with the AIDS pandemic in Latino communities. Noted plays include "Bitter Homes and Gardens," "Pico Union," "Downtown," "Cuerpo Politizado," "Straight as a Line," "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner," "No Holds Barrio" and "Black Butterfly." Many of these plays have also been published as stories or poetry. He is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and an Associate Professor in the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California.

Oedipus El Rey, a Chicano retelling of Oedipus Rex, had its world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Last year, Oedipus El Rey received its New York premiere at The Public Theater in collaboration with The Sol Project, a national theater initiative that works in partnership with leading theater companies to amplify the voices of LatinX playwrights and build artistic homes for artists of color in New York City and beyond. Claudia Acosta is a founding member and artistic producer of the Sol Project, and is directing this regional premier of Electricidad. We hope you join us for this premier and experience a bridge between the Latino experience from both coasts with Caribbean-Latino-American actors in a Mexican-American story.

For more information: Sol Project