Central Works presents 'Penelope's Odyssey' at the Berkeley City Club

Odysseus has been missing for ten years, ever since the end of the war. His wife, Penelope, must choose a new husband. There are 50 suitors living in her house. What is she weaving up in her room, night after night? Who is the mysterious beggar that arrives at the house? And why does Penelope’s daughter believe she is the son of Odysseus? In a world of unpredictable gods and fantastic monsters, Penelope’s Odyssey weaves the tale of a woman left behind in the aftermath of a long war.

“Wise is the child these days that knows his own father, especially them that’s conceived in the dog days of summer, when their mothers are frantic with love.”

Written by company co-director, Gary Graves, and directed by John Patrick Moore, this world premiere play evokes the mythic character of Homer’s classic tale while exploring contemporary issues of gender identity and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Featuring Matt Lai, Terry Lamb (member AEA), Leontyne Mbele-Mbong and Jan Zvaifler, with costumes by Tammy Berlin, sound by Gregory Scharpen and stage management by Louel Señores.

A Central Works Method Play

“A legacy of total immersion theatre.” – George Heymont, Huffington Post

Continuing its mission to develop and produce new works for the theater, Central Works uses its own method of collaborative play development to bring artists together as partners in creative projects from conception through to fully developed productions.

Since 1997, the company has produced 26 world premieres using the Central Works Method. Penelope’s Odyssey will be number 27, and the second production of the New Play Program, 2010-2012. This three-year initiative to develop 9 world premiere plays utilizing the Central Works Method is supported by the Wilder Green Fund and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Penelope’s Odyssey – a new play based on Homer’s Odyssey

Dates: Previews October 14 & 15

Opens October 16
Closes November 21

Shows: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8 p.m. & Sunday at 5 p.m.

Where: The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley.

Who: written by Gary Graves and directed by John Patrick Moore. Featuring Matt Lai, Terry Lamb, Leontyne Mbele-Mbong and Jan Zvaifler. Costumes by Tammy Berlin, sound design by Gregory Scharpen and Stage Management by Louel Señores.

Tickets: $23 online at centralworksor $25 – $14 sliding scale at the door.
Previews and Thursdays, October 21 & 28 are pay-what-you-can.

Monica Turner
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