Limited Return Engagement
black odyssey

by Marcus Gardley
directed by Eric Ting
September 25-October 14

How far would you go
to come home again?

Recipient of seven Theatre Bay Awards including Outstanding Production, Direction, and Adaptation

“Badass…a white hot musical fable”
San Jose Mercury News

Back by popular demand, we're thrilled to announce the return of smash hit Marcus Gardley's lyrical and spiritual black odyssey for a special limited engagement at the Bruns.

After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, veteran Ulysses Lincoln struggles to find his way home to his wife, Nella, and his son, Malachi. A host of Gods control his fate, including the dignified Deus, scheming Paw Sidin, and radiant Aunt Tina, who make Ulysses confront his ancestral past so that he can embrace his unsettled present.

This production of black odyssey contains strong language, herbal and e-cigarette smoking, the use of strobe lighting, simulated gunshots, and depictions of wartime and police violence. The show runs 2 hours, 20 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

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Who's Who

Director—Eric Ting
Scenic Designer—Michael Locher
Costume Designer—Dede Ayite
Lighting Designer—Xavier Pierce
Sound Designer—T. Carlis Roberts
Vocal Composer & Music Director—Linda Tillery
Vocal Composer & Vocal Ensemble Director—Molly Holm
Choreographer—Latanya d. Tigner
Choreographer—Kendra Kimbrough Barnes
Dramaturg—Lisa Evans
Stage Manager—Cheryle Honerlah*
Stage Manager—Laxmi Kumaran*
Assistant Stage Manager—Megan McClintock*

Great Grand Paw Sidin & others—Aldo Billingslea*
Alsendra Sabine & others—Velina Brown*
Malachai—Michael Curry
Great Grand Daddy Deus & others—Cleavant Derricks*
Nella Pell—Santoya Fields*
Benevolence Nausicca Sabine—Safiya Fredericks*
Great Aunt Tina & others—Margo Hall*
Ulysses Lincoln—J.D. Mollison*
Drummer—Ruthie Price
Artez Sabine & others—Michael Gene Sullivan*

*member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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We generally recommend black odyssey for adults and children ages 13 and up.

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.