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Special Presentation: The Trojan War and The Odyssey

Experience two of the greatest epics of all time in their most powerful form—performed live by master storytellers. With gesture and voice, David Morden and Hugh Lupton revive the oral tradition, combining elements of live poetry, classical and street theater, and oratory to create spine-tingling performances that convey the sound, fury, and emotional resonance of these two classic tales from Greek literature.

November 16 and 17: The Trojan War (for adults)

November 17: The Odyssey (for all ages)

Hugh Lupton and David Morden in performance

The Trojan War

Dates: Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $10.

The story of the Trojan War, the epic ten-year siege touched off by a goddesses' quarrel and the kidnapping of the world's most beautiful woman, roars to life in this innovative and powerful retelling. Morden and Lupton draw on Homer's Iliad and other ancient accounts of the siege and fall of Troy to create a rattling good tale full of the wry humor, the poetic reflection, and the profound human observation of the Homeric vision.

Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden took the Iliad back to its roots and into the 21st century…The wedding party which sparks off the siege of Troy becomes a hilarious expose of human vanity and competitiveness, setting the bravado of the mortal male against the cool calculation of the goddess…but where Lupton and Morden really excel is in their remodelling of the famous battle scenes and the men who fight in them…Themes of warmongering, hubris and nationalistic fervour are, of course, particularly pertinent at this time…So, praise be to Morden and Lupton, who made the gods live in a project that is serious, moving and vital."
The Times (London)

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The Odyssey

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10; $5 children.

The versatile Lupton and Morden bring one of the world's greatest adventures and adventurers to life for a younger generation in this special family matinee. Kids and adults will enjoy the shared experience of this captivating retelling of one of history's most swashbuckling tales—Odysseus's fabled journey home from war complete with the Cyclops, beguiling sirens, shipwreck, journey to the underworld, and more. Suitable for adventurers ages 7 and up.

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