Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Paul Muldoon on Handcart’s The Burial at Thebes
“I simply can’t imagine a better production of The Burial at Thebes. Handcart Ensemble is a spectacularly gifted group, absolutely equal to the subtleties of Heaney’s text. I’ll go anywhere to see anything they do.” —Paul Muldoon
A Retelling by Simon Armitage
After a decade spent fighting in Troy, the mythical hero Odysseus faces ten more years of peril and privation before he can reunite with those he loves. Building on Simon Armitage’s masterful and accessible treatment of the ancient epic, Handcart Ensemble’s production will incorporate acrobatics, shadow puppetry, and other uniquely theatrical means to summon Homer’s tale of the human heart and its capacity to endure all for the sake of family and homeland.
Originally performed for BBC Radio in 2004, this adaptation by one of the world’s greatest living poets appears onstage for the first time.
“Bursting with adventure and passion ... this adaptation, written by Simon Armitage and presented by Handcart Ensemble, is so superb that you may find yourself wishing that the playwright would step onstage and take a bow at the curtain call.” — New York Times
Closed October 25, 2009.
After a 7-week run at New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre, Homer’s Odyssey is now available for out-of-town bookings. Email for more information.
In August 2009, Matthew Freeman of nytheatre.com interviewed Handcart’s Artistic Director, J. Scott Reynolds, about the company’s production of Homer’s Odyssey.
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