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, “Odyssey,” are planned for Aug. 13-Sept. 5 at the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink in Oakland.
Directed by Jed Allen Harris, “An Odyssey” explores the modern definition of heroism by looking at the hero’s actions through the eyes of female characters who are incidental to the original story.
“’THE Odyssey’ is really told from Odysseus’ perspective. But in ‘AN Odyssey’ we’ve dropped an overlay, with Odysseus recounting his tales to young princess Nausicaa, and Jay Ball has given her a point of view,” said Karla Boos, Quantum founder and president. “This means he’s going to see what he’s done through her eyes (and the eyes of others along the way). And, hey — we already knew the guy was conflicted; otherwise, in the original, he wouldn’t be talking all the time about going home but never doing it.
“Even Homer has (Odysseus) uneasy with accepting the mantle of a hero, the hero’s welcome that’s supposedly awaiting him at home. Think of our own war heroes … it’s the same,” Boos said. “But we explore it further, and we’re actually gentle to Odysseus. He needs healing; ‘An Odyssey’ allows him to heal, after a stiff dose of truth.”
– Shirley McMarlin, TribLiveRead full article