A mysterious plague. A restless populace. Hubris.


Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" remains powerful and relevant even after almost 2,500 years. Savannahians have a chance to revisit the classic tragedy this week in a production presented by the Savannah State University Visual and Performing Arts Program.


Sophocles’ play was set in ancient Thebes, but many productions change the location because of the universality of the themes.


The SSU staging is called "Oba Oedipus." It uses Nick Bartel’s adaptation of the play, but the setting has moved to Yorubaland.


Yoruba-inspired masks and other elements should make for stunning visuals for the outdoor performances on the steps of the Kennedy Fine Arts Center.


The grounds around Kennedy will be divided into socially-distanced circles that can hold groups as large as four people. Attendees should bring their own blankets or chairs.


Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via poole@savannahstate.edu or (912) 358-3189.


Performances begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, 9 and 10. The timing means that the sun will be setting during the show, which should enhance the tragedy in myriad ways.


If you’ve never seen a play on the SSU campus, be prepared to show identification at the entrance off La Roche Avenue and then look for the Kennedy parking lot on the far side of the first large circle.


Live theatre has of course been a major casualty of the pandemic, so it’s good to see SSU getting creative for this production.


Events at Service Brewing, Plant Riverside


Other folks are also getting creative about holding events safely, and we are headed into one of the city’s busiest weekends since March, especially at Service Brewing, which will be celebrating its sixth anniversary from noon to 10 p.m. on Oct. 10.


To accommodate more people while observing distancing protocols, Service will be expanding the party into the production area with a second bar and a game room. DJs will be performing, and some proceeds will go to Service’s seasonal charity, Minority Veterans of America.


Service will be offering a special creamsicle-inspired sour ale in addition to their other beers. Farm Bluffton’s food truck will be on hand from 2 to 8:30 p.m.


There is no cover charge for the anniversary party.


Service Brewing will also be buzzing with activity from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 for the weekly Bluegrass by the Pint with the local band Swamptooth.


For a taste of Swamptooth, check out the band’s Facebook page for a video from a recent performance outside at Plant Riverside.


And there’s plenty of activity at Plant Riverside this weekend too, including another Saturday of Oktoberfest events from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10.


As I’ve noticed in previous columns, there has been a lot of buzz about the interior spaces at Plant Riverside, but the rooftops and riverfront are magnificent.


Bill Dawers writes the City Talk column for the Savannah Morning News.