In The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood (author of The Handmaid’s Tale) provides a contemporary take on Homer’s Odyssey, rewriting the ancient myth from the perspective of Penelope (played by T. Lynn Mikeska), who is most frequently characterized as Odysseus’ (Robyn Accetta) wife who remains loyal in his 20-year absence despite many (like, literally over 100) suitors. Directed by guest artist Eliana Marianes with a music score led by Wyatt Brooks, UGA Theatre’s production examines double standards, the fairness of justice and how the effects of storytelling from different perspectives can radically alter views. The show also explores the previously untold narrative of the Greek chorus of 12 maids, creating a new mythology in the process.
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