Penelope's Odyssey - Phase 1

Digital Version Streaming February 20, 2021

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Her husband left for war and has been MIA for ten years. She's a single mother and her son is coming of age. 108 suitors are vying for her hand in marriage - but what they really want is her throne. Her loyal maid-servant is hungry for a life of her own. Her other employee is a backstabber. She's hanging on as long as she can to make the choices she wants to make. 

Inspired by the female characters in Homer's "The Odyssey."

Women's voices. Men listening. Equilibrium. 



Women's Voices in Antiquity and Now 

with Professor Lauren Caldwell

Link available upon request.

Hosted by the Wadsworth Atheneum 

How do gender roles determine the way women’s voices are heard, interpreted, and hindered? Lauren Caldwell, professor of classics at UMass Amherst, joins choreographer Sonia Plumb to examine how gender roles defined and limited a woman’s ability to carve out her personal and professional lives in ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Choreographer Sonia Plumb will share how Caldwell's research led to her contemporary version in the dance Penelope’s Odyssey. Recorded December 8, 2020.

Co-sponsored with Wadsworth Atheneum.

Supported in part by

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The Odyssey Myth and Relevance with Professor Vincent Tomasso

The Odyssey is relevant today, after 3,000 years.

Major support for this project from the following funders:

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Marion and Maximillan Hoffman Foundation