DERRY — Theatre KAPOW kicks off its 12th season celebrating the voices of remarkable women.
"The Penelopiad" by Margaret Atwood will play at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy Sept. 28 through Oct. 6.
Atwood, author of "The Handmaid’s Tale" and "Alias Grace" brings a provocative and wise retelling of Homer's ancient tale "The Odyssey," featuring the women's side of the story.
“Now that I’m dead, I know everything.”
So begins Penelope, the famously faithful wife of the Greek hero Odysseus, speaking from the afterlife in Hades. The Penelopiad flips the classical myth on its head, giving voice to the chorus of handmaidens.
As Penelope fends off the attentions of greedy suitors, traveling minstrels regale her with the news of Odysseus' epic adventures around the Mediterranean, only to have him repay her and her maids' devotion with heart-wrenching ruthlessness.
Full of music, poetry, and movement, this new telling of an ancient story echoes from the hearts of the maids and the powerful voice of a heroine with the fluidity of the original mythic material and resonance for today.
"The ensemble building process happening throughout the rehearsal really allows each actor to take ownership of every moment,” said cast member Jamie Clavet. “The payoff, in my opinion, will be a deeper connection between performer, audience member, and story. It’s so amazing to be able to do this kind of creative work in New Hampshire."
The show features an all-female cast featuring Emma Cahoon, Gina Carballo, Jamie Clavet, Teddi May Kenick-Bailey, Rachael Chapin Longo, Sheree Owens, Katherine Proulx, Victoria Vinson, and Carey Cahoon as Penelope.
The show is directed by Artistic Director Matt Cahoon with assistance from Heidi Krantz. Longtime KAPOW collaborator Tayva Young will be providing the lighting design. This production features original choreography and movement created by Lorraine Chapman from Boston, and original music composed by Jake Hudgins using the poetry of Margaret Atwood. This play is best enjoyed by well-prepared children 13 years and older due to some violence and language.
Theatre KAPOW’s production of "The Penelopiad" kicks off theatre KAPOW’s 12th season, called “That’s what SHE SAID.” The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Theatre KAPOW believes that this anniversary provides a perfect opportunity to celebrate the contributions of female playwrights.
Performances are Sept. 28, Oct. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre. Tickets in advance are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students. For tickets or more information, visit tkapow.com.