The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

By theatre KAPOW (other events)

5 Dates Through Oct 06, 2019

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias, Grace brings us a provocative and wise retelling of the ancient tale, Homer’s Odyssey in which we hear the womens’ side of the story. “Now that I’m dead, I know everything.” So begins Penelope, the famously faithful wife of the Greek hero Odysseus, speaking from the afterlife in Hades. The Penelopiad flips the classical myth on its head, giving voice to the chorus of handmaidens. As Penelope fends off the attentions of greedy suitors, traveling minstrels regale her with the news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean, only to have him repay her and her maids' devotion with heart-wrenching ruthlessness. Full of music, poetry, and movement, this new telling of an ancient story echoes from the hearts of the maids and the powerful voice of a heroine with the fluidity of the original mythic material and resonance for today. 

*This play is best enjoyed by well-prepared children 13 years and older due to some violence and language.

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