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An Odyssey

World Premier

An adaptation of Homer’s classic, Quantum’s An Odyssey explores what keeps us coming back to these ancient tales of a war and of a journey home, expanded in our minds as they are to encompass a whole lifetime’s choices, youth passing to experience, idealism to reality unmitigated. We ask what defines heroism, emphasize female characters who were mere footnotes to the original, and find ample humor. Quantum’s 11th collaboration with Citiparks, the iconic and newly refurbished Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink provides an end-of-summer site to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Season’s kickoff.


August 13 – September 5, 2021
Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink

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Meet the Cast

Sam Turich

Sam Turich*


Erika Strasburg

Erika Strasburg*


Catherine Gowl

Catherine Gowl*

Penelope, Circe

Sam Lothard

Sam Lothard

Polyphemus, Hermes, King Alcinous

Shammen McCune

Shammen McCune*

Actea, Gryllus, Siren

Nancy McNulty

Nancy McNulty*

Alcippe, Kratos, Tiresias, Siren

Grace Vensel

Grace Vensel

Adraste, Polites, Anticlea

Meet the Team

Scenic Design – Narelle Sissons
Lighting Design – C. Todd Brown
Costume Design – Mindy Eshelman
Sound Design – Joe Pino
Fight Director – Randy Kovitz
Installation Artists – Mindy Eshelman and ROY
Production Stage Manager – Cory Goddard*
ASM and Health and Safety Supervisor – Piper Clement

*denotes Actors’ Equity Association member

An Odyssey in the news

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Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Myth?

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Pittsburgh Quarterly - In all the productions I’ve attended over the past several decades, I’ve never seen a playwright attack the play he was adapting in the program notes. Jay…

Quantum Theatre’s “An Odyssey” soars in spirited re-telling

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Local Pittsburgh - THE FIRST THING to realize about Quantum Theatre’s An Odyssey is that it is not a standard re-staging of The Odyssey, the epic adventure fable written 28 centuries ago by…

“An Odyssey” at Quantum Theatre

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The Pittsburgh Tatler - Imagine, if you will, one of those old-fashioned TV game shows with two doors. Behind Door Number One is the Odysseus we all know from the…

Quantum Theatre’s ‘An Odyssey’ is a Fantastic Voyage

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Entertainment Central Pittsburgh - Quantum Theater kicks off their 30th Anniversary season with Jay Ball’s adaptation of the classic Greek poem, the Odyssey, which he has titled An Odyssey. And isn’t that…

An antihero washes up at Schenley ice rink in Quantum’s ‘An Odyssey’

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - When Homer was writing “The Odyssey,” he probably wasn’t picturing an ice rink. Thanks to the inventive Quantum Theatre, the Schenley Park ice rink will be transformed…
Weary Odysseus (Sam Turich) longs for Ithaca but will find his tale retold from an unconventional angle in Quantum’s ‘An Odyssey.’ The season-opening play is presented in Schenley Park above the faraway spires of Downtown. (photo: Jason Snyder)

Quantum’s 30th Season: A Rich Past, Three New Numbers

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Entertainment Central Pittsburgh - Is it possible to take the extraordinary for granted? When Quantum Theatre announced its 30th anniversary season recently, the big 3-0 came as a stunner.  Quantum,…

Quantum Theatre season opens with Greek tragedy at Schenley Park ice rink

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Tribune-Review - Quantum Theatre will kick off its 30th anniversary season with the contemporary treatment of an ancient Greek classic. Outdoor performances of Jay Ball’s “An Odyssey,” based on Homer’s epic poem,…