The Penelopiad
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The Penelopiad

It’s her turn. Penelope has waited 20 years for her husband to return from the Trojan War. Now, as authorial control of the famous story shifts to Odysseus’ long-suffering wife-and the 12 faithful maids who have long tended to her-we discover a new perspective on the domestic vigil. This ancient tale told anew by “one of the most admired authors in North America” (NPR) gives voice to those left behind.


– Presented by Goodman Theatre | Susan V. Booth


“…With Goodman Theatre’s staging of Atwood’s stage adaptation of “The Penelopiad,” artistic director Susan V. Booth shapes a production of furious impact and impeccable ensemble work from the all-female, 13-strong cast. With the exception of Jennifer Morrison’s Penelope, the ensemble plays numerous characters in addition to the maids, Odysseus among them. Infused with bewitching music and dance sequences, the brutality of the narrative comes studded with shards of wit as sharp as the arrows that pierce the throats of the “suitors” determined to take Penelope, the maids, and everything else Odysseus left behind during his lengthy absence from Ithaca.”

– Chicago Sun Times




“…The two-act play is filled with humor, violence, spectacle, drama and comedy. Not only does Jennifer Morrison shine as Penelope, the good wife, she provides her opinions on other characters, clarifies historical misconceptions and sets the story straight that Homer told in The Odyssey. In between, the 12 Maids also speak and share their point of view. They pine for their freedom, lament their lost childhood, complain about the upper class characters who control their lives and even dream of being princesses. Interspersed with songs, dances and many inventive and playful moments, this magical, mesmerizing production makes a fantastic way to kick off Women’s History Month.”

– Chicago Theater Review




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March 31, 2024