Set in the South before the Civil War, this classical tragedy is based on the Oedipus legend. A white woman gives birth to a black baby and agrees to give him up if his life is spared. Twenty years later,… the woman, now plantation mistress, acquires a slave named Augustus. Rebellious but susceptible to his owner's charms, Augustus becomes embroiled in an uprising just as he learns the truth about his heritage. 1994.