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The Odyssey: A Play

The Odyssey <em>A Play</em> by Mary Zimmerman The Odyssey: A Play
Your Price: $19.00 CDN
Author: Mary Zimmerman
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 208
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0810120933
ISBN-13: 9780810120938

About the Play:

This dramatic adaptation of Homer's myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena — a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, Mary Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus's ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others.

What people say:

"Not of one age but of all ages…. This Odyssey is grand theater." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"The Odyssey is a smart, singular example of Mary Zimmerman's unique work in the theater — vivid in imagery, rich in imagination, witty, and thoughtful in its lively adaptation of a classic work for a contemporary audience." — Richard Christiansen, Critic and Author: A Theater of Our Own: A History and a Memoir of 1,001 Nights in Chicago

"Mary Zimmerman can tell classic stories onstage, brilliantly. Part of [her] success emanates from her unique amalgam of deep intelligence and respect for the text, on the one hand, couple with her wild, sensual imagination on the other. Once she understands a great work, she plays with it." — Wall Street Journal

About the Playwright:

Mary Zimmerman is an American director and playwright who has earned national and international recognition in the form of numerous awards, including the Tony Award for Best Direction. She is an Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, a member of Lookingglass Theatre Company and a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

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