poster image: The PenelopiadUniversity Players presents Margaret Atwood’s retelling of the Odyssey myth, The Penelopiad, starting this weekend at Essex Hall Theatre.

Retelling of Odyssey to surprise and delight audiences

A bold retelling of the story of Greek hero Odysseus through the eyes of his long-suffering wife is the subject of the next University Players production.

The Penelopiad, adapted from a 2005 novella by Margaret Atwood, opens Friday, Feb. 1, at Essex Hall Theatre. It tells the story of Penelope, who spends 20 years fending off suitors while her husband returns from the Trojan War.

Director Kelli Fox played the role of Odysseus in the Nightwood Theatre production of The Penelopiad, a performance which earned her a Toronto Theatre Critic’s Award and an ensemble award from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

“It's Margaret Atwood at her dry, witty best, and it takes no prisoners,” says Fox. “And it will be a feast for the eyes. There’s a lot to look at that will be constantly surprising the audience.”

Showtimes through Feb. 10 are 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, Feb. 3, a “talk back” discussion with the actors will follow the performance.

Find more information, including ticket prices, on the University Players website or phone the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.