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About The Seven - Off Broadway

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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. This is a story of war, family, and a cursed society unsure of how to free itself. Writer and composer Will Power (known for his solo work FLOW) has taken this classical tale 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 verse, interwoven with such musical styles as calypso, do-wop, R&B, funk, and blues. Director Jo Bonney (A Soldier’s Play, Fat Pig), renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/The Promised Land and Still/Here) and a cast of 12 join Will Power to create this complex and ambitious piece that will make an ancient story come alive for a new generation.


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