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Aug 9-Sep 3 West Coast Premiere

How far would you go to come home again?


No man can know himself if he doesn’t know his history. This could be familial history, cultural history, even national history. All of these histories are a part of who we are.
— Marcus Gardley, playwright

A thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore, this visionary new take on Homer’s classic marks the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep).

After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, American soldier Ulysses Lincoln struggles to find his way home to his wife and son. But manipulating his journey are a host of gods: the dignified Deus and the scheming Paw Sidin, playing with Ulysses’ fate like a game of chess, and the radiant Aunt Tina, who has her own reasons for setting her sights on the wandering warrior. A fable about confronting the burdens of ones past before you can truly find “home,” this electric epic from one of the shining new voices of American theater comes to the Bruns stage helmed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting.
 


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