Odysseus is twenty years gone from Ithaca. Penelope has bluffed and delayed a growing band of murderous suitors, but as threats to her son and kingdom grow, her resolve weakens. Now a beggar arrives at the palace and asks the queen to hold off a new marriage until sheâ??s heard his storyâ??fantastic tales of her husbandâ??s travels among monsters, witches, and gods. Penelope finds herself battling her husbandâ??s very legend over fidelity, her kingdom and her vengeance.
Rick Chafeâ??s plays include his new adaptation of Shakespeareâ??s Dog (adapted from Leon Rookeâ??s Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award-winning novel), The Odyssey, The Last Man and Woman on Earth, and Zac and Speth. Rick also works as a dramaturge, television story consultant and writer, produces documentary video, and has taught playwriting to every age of student from grade one to university. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife and their nine-year-old daughter.
â??Given [the storyâ??s climate of deceit and cultivated confusion, itâ??s amazing that Chafe has written a play of such clarity and resolution. Like his cagey hero, not to mention his uncaged heroine, [Chafe is himself a man of many turns.??
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