Written by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Sue Miner*
April 11 – 22, 2017
Atwood’s clever storytelling brings one of history’s most powerful myths to the contemporary imagination. A provocative new look at a woman’s longing, lust and culpability.
As portrayed in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting while her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. During his absence, Penelope fights off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as a brief footnote in Homer's original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope's twelve maids. Destined to spend eternity in Hades, Penelope recounts her life's story and the murder of her twelve handmaidens by her vengeful husband.
*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance.Opera.Theatre policy (DOT).