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Playwright Marcus Gardley Composer Linda Tillery & Molly Holm Source Author Homer Source Title The Odyssey Producer California Shakespeare Theater  [Website] Description A thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore, this visionary new take on Homer’s classic marks the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep).

After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, American soldier Ulysses Lincoln struggles to find his way home to his wife and son. But manipulating his journey are a host of gods: the dignified Deus and the scheming Paw Sidin, playing with Ulysses’ fate like a game of chess, and the radiant Aunt Tina, who has her own reasons for setting her sights on the wandering warrior. A fable about confronting the burdens of ones past before you can truly find “home,” this electric epic from one of the shining new voices of American theater comes to the Bruns stage helmed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting.
Running Time 2:30 Performers Omoze Idehenre   [Nella Pell]
J. Alphonse Nicholson   [Ulysses Lincoln]
Aldo Billingslea   [Paw Sidin]
Michael Curry   [Malachai, Poly'famous]
Safiya Fredericks   [Benevolence Nausicca Sabine, African Ancestor, ]
Margo Hall   [Great Aunt]
Michael Gene Sullivan   [Artez Sabine]
Lamont Thompson   [Great Grand]
Dawn Troupe   [Alsendra Sabine]
Creative Staff Eric Ting   [Director]
Kendra Barnes   [Choreographer]
Latanya Tigner   [Choreographer]
Michael Locher   [Scenic Designer]
Dede Ayite   [Costume Designer]
Xavier Pierce   [Lighting Designer]
T. Carlis Roberts   [Sound Designer]
Marcus Gardley   [Adaptation / Translation]
Molly Holm   [Composer - Play Score]
Linda Tillery   [Composer - Play Score]

Bruns Amphitheater

100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563   Box Office:  (510) 548-$d X: 3422
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