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Taproot Theatre opens 35th season with “The Odyssey”

Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre opens its 35th season on Friday with an adaptation of Homer’s epic tale “The Odyssey,” where 13 actors portray more than 85 characters.

Mark Chamberlin as Odysseus, Nicholas Beach as Hermes, Nikki Visel as Athena. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Voyage across land and sea, through the underworld to the top of Mt. Olympus. Muses and monsters introduce this epic myth of the brave and courageous Odysseus as he valiantly seeks his homeland and the arms of his wife and child. Audiences are sure to recognize themselves in this sometimes comic, sometimes harrowing but always thrilling adventure.

“Odysseus is a soldier, a husband, a father. He’s been away at war and he just wants to see his wife and son again. He’s determined, and despite multiple obstacles will let nothing—not even the most cunning of creatures—stop him from reaching his goal,” Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte said in a press release.

Greenwood actor Solomon Davis performs in “The Odyssey” while also touring schools during the day as part of Taproot’s Road Company.

“I’ve done double duty before. It’s a bit of theatre burnout but it’s worth it,” Davis said in an article for Taproot’s subscriber newsletter. “Someone once said that anyone working in theatre is sacrificing for the sake of theatre. In other words, there’s no money in it so you better really enjoy it and trust it’s worthwhile. Also I’m very proud of the work Taproot produces, especially the Road Company, so that helps bear the load too.”

Previews of “The Odyssey” are tonight and Thursday, and opening night is Friday. “The Odyssey” runs through March 5. Tickets are available online at www.taproottheatre.org/buy-tickets/ and through Taproot Theatre’s box office, in person at the box office at 204 N. 85th St., or by phone at 206-781-9707.

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