BLACK ODYSSEY

Coverage

California Shakespeare Theater Continues Its 2017 Season with West Coast Premiere of black odyssey, August 9-September 3.

"Genius!" —San Francisco Chronicle

"ambitious, ferocious...poetry and pathos and power along with humor and defiance." —Theaterdogs]

"...a white hot musical fable that’s as brilliant as it is badass." —Bay Area News Group

"It is impossible to leave Eric Ting’s masterful production without feeling a part of something bigger than one’s own limited space and time." —Shakespeare's Tribe

"Cal Shakes has found the Shakespearian spirit in our troubling times." —KQED Arts

"Homer’s tale becomes a burnished handed-down story, recalling the griot tradition, in which the hero’s journey is about learning to value family and ancestry." —SF Examiner

"An ingenious production in poetry and prose, filled with humor, history, myth, music, magic and dance." —Berkeleyside

"...a triumphant story grounded in Oakland lore." —Theatrius

"By melding Greek gods with African deities, [Marcus Gardley has] created a new mythology." —SF Weekly

"The storytelling opened-up my emotional side more than a few times..." —TonyBear.com

"[black odyssey] is powerful and adventurous, like the Greek myth it is named after." —LaMorinda Weekly

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PRODUCTION

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(l to r) Michael Gene Sullivan, Michael Curry, Dawn L. Troupe, Omozé Idehenre, and Safiya Fredericks in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


(l to r) Lamont Thompson as Great Grand Daddey Deus plays chess with Aldo Billingslea as Great Grand Paw Sidin, while Dawn L. Troupe, Omozé Idehenre, and Safiya Fredericks look on in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


Foreground: Aldo Billingslea (Great Grand Paw Sidin), Margo Hall (Great Aunt Tina); rear: Michael Curry, Dawn L. Troupe, and Safiya Fredericks in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne

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Omozé Idehenre as Nella Pell and Aldo Billingslea as Great Grand Paw Sidin in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


Omozé Idehenre as Nella Pell and J. Alphonse Nicholson as Ulysses Lincoln in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


(l to r) Aldo Billingslea (Great Grand Paw Sidin), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln), Safiya Fredericks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine), Dawn S. Troupe (Alsendra Sabine) and Lamont Thompson (Great Grand Daddy Deus) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne

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Dawn L. Troupe as Circe and J. Alphonse Nicholson as Ulysses Lincoln in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne.


J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln), Safiya Fredericks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine), and Dawn S. Troupe (Alsendra Sabine) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


The cast of Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne

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J. Alphonse Nicholson as Ulysses Lincoln and Lamont Thompson as Super Fly Tireseas in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


(l to r) Lamont Thompson (Super Fly Tireseas), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln), Safiya Fredericks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine), Dawn L. Troupe (Caribídiss), and Aldo Billingslea (Great Grand Paw Sidin) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


(l to r) Margo Hall (Great Aunt Tina), Omozé Idehenre (Nella Pell), Aldo Billingslea (Suitor), and Michael Curry (Malachai) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne

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J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln), Margo Hall (Calypso) and Safiya Fredericks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne


Safiya Fredericks (Benevolence Nausicca Sabine) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (Ulysses Lincoln) in Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey directed by Eric Ting at California Shakespeare Theater; photo by Kevin Berne