The Seven is a hip-hop adaptation of Aeschylus’s Seven Against Thebes, which follows the struggles of Eteocles and Polynices, the two sons of the cursed King Oedipus, as they fight for the throne of Thebes. Writer and composer Will Power has taken this classical tale of pre-destination versus choice and updated it with an urban idiom to explore modern themes including poverty, race and the abuse of power. The entire script is in rhyming rap verse, interwoven with such musical styles as calypso, do-wop, rhythm and blues, funk and down-home blues. Director Jo Boneey (A Soldier's Play, Fat Pig) and renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land and Still/Here) join Will Power to create this complex, textured, and ambitious piece that will make an old story come alive for a new generation.
Uzo Aduba, Shawtane Monroe Bowen, Jamyl Dobson, Amber Efe, Edwin Lee Gibson, Benton Greene, Manuel Herrera, Flaco Navaja, Tom Nelis, Postell Pringle, Pearl Sun and Charles Turner
Author: Will Power
Director: Jo Bonney
Choreographer: Bill T. Jones
Producer: New York Theatre Workshop
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