People know the story of Odysseus and his journey home from the Trojan War. But what happens when those classical Greek characters are transformed with the flair of African-American culture is an epic retelling sure to bring new insights into the ancient tale.
The modernized version surrounds a black soldier, and his return from battle in the Gulf War. Themes focus on reality in the present world, and combines songs and humour with the version translated from Homer's original vision.
Performances are scheduled:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays @6:30pm
- Fridays and Saturday @ 7:30pm (February 7th and 8th @8 ONLY)
- Saturday and Sunday matinees @1:30pm (February 9th @6:30 ONLY)
Black Odyssey starts tomorrow (January 17th) and runs through February 16th at the Space Theatre, located in the Denver Arts Complex.
The play's scribe, Marcus Gardley, has been recognised with the PEN/Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright (2011), and nominated for 11 Audelco awards in the category of “outstanding playwright,” among many other acknowledgements. Gardley holds an MFA in Playwriting from Yale's School of Drama. He's a member of the New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild, and the Lark Play Development Center. This is the world premiere of Black Odyssey.
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