Ancient Greek adaptation offers experimental production


Claire Lefton

The cast of “The Odyssey” gathers after school to read through the script. The large ensemble cast requires in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the play. Reading through the entire work allows for mutual understanding for all involved.

As Nov. 5, 6 and 7 draw nearer, Aves Theatre’s Acting Ensemble prepares for its season opener, “The Odyssey,” with extensive read-throughs, experimental staging and alternative casting.

“I think rehearsals are going well, we’re working on finding the meaning of the text within the context of the play,” senior Isaac Goldstein said.

The stage adaptation by Mary Zimmerman is a more modern interpretation of the ancient Greek tale. Many actors must play multiple roles as the story is a series of vignettes about Odysseus and his long journey home from Troy.

The complex nature of this play requires group cohesion and productivity as it is an ensemble piece. All involved must know every facet of the story to properly present it in its highly symbolic nature.

“We’re making a lot of progress and getting to know the show really well,” junior Corinne Gause said.

“The Odyssey” also requires heavy concentration because while it has many chaotic elements, they must all be carefully choreographed and planned. A seemingly disorganized rave or antics of suitors take hours of cooperation and collaboration.

“People are productive and things are getting done. We’re learning as we go,” senior Ben Huffer said.

Aves Theatre’s “The Odyssey” is sure to be a strong start for the season ahead.