The Stork Theatre presents
Margaret Atwood’s dazzling new play, THE PENELOPIAD, The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus, premieres in June.
In Homer’s ODYSSEY, Penelope is a bit player as the faithful wife waiting for Odysseus to return from the Trojan War. He does, twenty years later, after slaying monsters, being waylaid by goddesses and enduring other
such hardships. And then? He casually hangs her twelve beloved maids.
Atwood makes Penelope a star and with her maids tells a wickedly funny story of surviving a flakey family, power-hungry suitors and the backwash of war. If Odysseus is famous for being foxy, then Atwood’s Penelope is even foxier.
“I loved the pithy brilliance…”
- The Guardian
Part burlesque, part Greek tragedy, THE PENELOPIAD veers from hilarity to horror.
Written by Margaret Atwood
Directed by Greg Carroll
Designed by Peter Corrigan
Lighting Design by Rebecca Etchell
Performed by Carolyn Bock, Jane Barry, Mia Landgren and Andi Snelling
A Stork Theatre Production
June 19 – July 7
Running time approximately 72 minutes