When: Monday, 18th February 2019 at 7:00pm (please note new date and time).
Location: Javeenbah Theatre.
The Penelopiad (season 24th May to 8th June)
Email director Kaela Gray firstname.lastname@example.org for audition pack.
|Penelope (20’s to 40’s)||– under-estimated, under-appreciated Grecian noblewoman
– wife of fabled Odysseus
* please note, this role requires an actor who can commit to a substantial part. Penelope’s text is laden with monologues and she is the main “voice” of this piece.
|Telemachus:||Penelope’s willful teenage son|
|Odysseus:||Penelope’s absent husband|
|Melantho of the Pretty Cheeks:||Penelope’s most trusted maid|
|Antinous:||the main suitor|
|Naiad mother:||Penelope’s divine mother|
|Eurycleia:||devoted servant of Odysseus|
|Oracle:||foreseer of Penelope’s birth|
|Laertes:||father of Odysseus|
|Anticleia:||mother of Odysseus|
|Helen of Troy:||Penelope’s cousin|
Atwood’s work is a true ensemble piece, with each actor undertaking multiple roles; these include male and female characters. There will be choreographed movement (as opposed to dancing) and simple singing. A large ensemble is sought for the piece.
Beginning in Hades, we meet Penelope as she tells us the story of her life. Through this, we hear the other side of Homer’s ‘Illiad’, learning just what it took to keep the kingdom of Ithaca intact. With her maids’ cunning help, Penelope is able to stave off persistent, unwanted suitors. For this, however, her maids pay a brutal and unexpected price.