During this historic moment of women’s voices and growth, Penelope’s Odyssey tells the story of Penelope and the women in the classic epic poem “Homer’s The Odyssey.” In this contemporary version, choreographer Sonia Plumb focuses on gender roles and societal norms as seen through the lens of time by weaving in topics of romance, betrayal, single motherhood, arranged marriage, war and perseverance. Often seen as boring, this fresh take on The Odyssey tells a story of survival in today’s world.
Her husband left for war and is MIA. She raising her son as a single mother. Suitors are vying for her hand in marriage – but what they really want is her throne. Her loyal maid- is hungry for a life of her own. Her other employee is a backstabber. She’s hanging on as long as she can to make the choices she wants to make. Inspired by the female characters in Homer’s “The Odyssey.”
Women’s voices. Men listening. Equilibrium.
Audiences are invited to engage in an exciting learning process in a variety of formats both in person and virtual including: “Women’s Voices Then and Now” with professor Lauren Caldwell (UMass Amherst), “The Odyssey – Hero, Host, God or Goddess” with professor Vincent Tomasso (Trinity College), open rehearsals and talk backs with the artistic team and Study Guides in both English and Spanish.