The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a new adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey and it's truly spellbinding. Director Mary Zimmerman brings the ancient story to life on the Allen Elizabeth outdoor stage with wisdom, beauty and humor. There are exceptional performances by all of the cast members, especially Chistopher Donahue as Odysseus,Christiana Clark as the goddess Athena and Danforth Comins as Antinous and Poseidon.
The audience is completely memorized by the adventures of the hero Odysseus who is lost at sea and does not return home to Ithaca after fighting in the decade long Trojan war. His wife Penelope and son Telemachus wait for him to return fearing he is lost forever. While he is gone Penelope is plagued by a pack of suitors. She promises to marry one of them Lord Antinous as soon as she completes a shroud, each night she unpicks the shroud that she has woven that day so she can keep putting him off. Penelope never looses faith that her husband will eventually return and rescue her from her torment.
For seven long years Odysseus is trapped on a remote island by Calypso,who offers him love and immortality but he yearns to return home to Ithaca.
Odysseus builds a boat and finally escapes from Calypso.
He then begins his fantastical journey home. On his epic venture he sails from island to island through stormy turbulent seas. On his way he encounters monsters and gods, one of whom an angry Poseidon, tries to thwart his efforts to return home. Odysseus is clever and tenacious and after a long and arduous journey he finally returns to Ithaca only to find that he has more problems to solve.
The Odyssey is an enthralling tale of courage and love and the struggle to survive against all odds.