Cal Shakes and Marcus Gardley bring Homer’s epic tale home to Oakland.
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This show closed on September 3, 2017
Written by Oakland-native Marcus Gardley and helmed by Cal Shakes artistic director Eric Ting, black odyssey mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore in this musical and visionary new take on Homer’s classic.
After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, Ulysses Lincoln, a Gulf War veteran, struggles to find his way home to his wife, Nella and his son, Malachi.
A host of Gods control his fate, including the dignified Deus, scheming Paw Sidin, and radiant Aunt Tina, who make Ulysses confront his ancestral past so he can embrace his unsettled present.
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Recommended for ages 16 and up.
“One of the most thrilling shows of the summer by far!”
The Mercury News