UCO Brings Adaptation of Homer's 'The Odyssey' to Mitchell Hall Theatre

The University of Central Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department will present a dramatic adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” Feb. 11-14 at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre. Chandler Gates (right) stars as Odysseus on his journey back home to his wife, Penelope, played by Juliette Lloyd (left), with the help of the goddess Athena played by Michelle Reynolds (center).

Feb. 1, 2016

Media Contact: Juliette Lloyd, Student Marketing Assistant, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3774, jlloyd3@uco.edu

UCO BRINGS ADAPTATION OF HOMER’S ‘THE ODYSSEY’ TO MITCHELL HALL THEATRE

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Fine Arts and Design will present a dramatic adaptation of “The Odyssey” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mitchell Hall Theatre, located on UCO’s campus.           

The adaption of Homer’s Greek epic poem by Mary Zimmerman and Robert Fitzgerald brings a classic tale to life for a modern audience to enjoy. Zimmerman is well known for her adaptions of classic literature including: “The Thousand and One Nights,” “Journey to the West” and “Metamorphoses,” which was performed at UCO in 2008.           

“Because I directed Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses,’ that inspired me to explore ‘The Odyssey’ this semester,” said Daisy Folsom, M.F.A., professor of theatre arts at Central.

“The joy of it for me is giving the students a framework of a scene, then allowing them to collaborate and create magic out of that framework. We’re striving to return the written stories of Homer to an action-packed, visually stimulating experience.”           

Tickets for “The Odyssey” are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and non-UCO students, and free for UCO students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.mitchellhalltheatre.com or calling the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 405-974-3375. UCO students are limited to one free ticket per student ID.           

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit cfad.uco.edu.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma Theatre Arts Department will present a dramatic adaptation of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” Feb. 11-14 at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theatre. Chandler Gates (right) stars as Odysseus on his journey back home to his wife, Penelope, played by Juliette Lloyd (left), with the help of the goddess Athena played by Michelle Reynolds (center).