DERRY — theatre KAPOW continues its sixth season with the New Hampshire premiere of Enda Walsh’s play “Penelope.”
The show is performed at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy Feb. 28 to March 2.
Loosely based on the myth of Odysseus, “Penelope” tells the story of the last four suitors competing for the hand of Odysseus’ queen before he returns from the Trojan War. While the play is based on a classic story, it is entirely contemporary.
theatre KAPOW’s sixth season features a series of events based upon the theme of “awake.” The company will focus on an exploration of awakenings of human consciousness. This season’s shows demand of artists and audiences both a sense of heightened awareness not only of what is happening in the world around us but also of what it means to be a human being.
“It’s a great play,” said theatre KAPOW founder and show director Matt Cahoon. “It works on so many levels. When I first read it, I thought it was hilarious, but every time I reread it I find more and more truly profound moments. It’s a show that fits this season’s theme so well.”
Newcomer Colby Morgan plays the role of Burns and said the show is a comic look into a classic tale.
“‘Penelope’ is a brilliant script, full of absurd, physical comedy juxtaposed with amazing poetry that has been so much fun to put on its feet,” Morgan said. “The play will cause you to literally fall out of your seat laughing, but pick yourself up to listen to a very important message.”
Other actors featured in the show are Wayne Asbury,Neal Blaiklock, Gina Carballo and Peter Josephson. The production also features Dan Bilodeau on scenery, choreographer Bob Haas, Nat Ward on sound and Tayva Young on lighting.
Performances are Feb. 28 at 7.30 p.m.; March 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and March 2 at 2 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students.
Visit tkapow.com for tickets and information.