Nov. 11-14 & 18-21, 2010
Directed by Paul J. Hustoles
Scene Design by Tom Bliese
Costume Design by David McCarl
Lighting Design by Steven Smith
Music composed and designed by Michael Croswell
View some photos from the performance load-in and reception that preceded The Odyssey's April 21, 2011,
performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. And click here
to see the post-show presentation of the plaque.
Photos by Paul J. Hustoles
“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story…” Thus begins the famous epic poem of ancient Greece, The Odyssey,
by Homer, composed around the end of the 8th century BC. Undoubtedly, the original was sung to appreciative crowds
as they heard a tale of harrowing adventure, unmatched courage and undying love—a story of the ten-year journey that
the king of Ithaca, the wily Odysseus, makes with his men (although he alone survives) back home after the Greeks’ victory
over the city of Troy (another ten-year adventure, earlier told by Homer in The Iliad).
Playwright/director Mary Zimmerman, who loves epic works and who turned other ancient stories into a
Tony Award-winning medley called Metamorphoses (performed by Minnesota State Mankato in 2004), is back
to her clever ways of condensing this astonishing tale into an evening’s entertainment (with the help of the iconic
translation by Robert Fitzgerald), which premiered at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, in 1999. She performs this
dramatalurgical feat by allowing the tale to be told through the guiding wisdom of the goddess Athena and the theatrical
“trick” of having most of the acting company play dozens and dozens of characters (including gods, humans and
animals). The result is theatrical magic—a timeless tale told in a timely fashion. A worthy tale of sin and redemption that is
as potent and meaningful now as it has been for almost three millennia.
We are delighted to welcome back two old friends, as Andreas Artists in Residence, to help tell this tale:
Scene Designer Tom Bliese and Music Composer/Sound Designer Michael Croswell.
Welcome to the journey, we wish you fair sailing toward your final destination, which might just be…home.
The ad below shows our destination: The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.