February 15, 2019 - University of Illinois - Chicago

No shows for 10 weeks and then 4 shows in 4 days: This was the busy dawning of my 2019 Odyssey schedule.

This is also the third year of keeping this blog, which so far has amounted to 55 dispatches…

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December 6, 2018 - Bowling Green State University

Here's a simple truth I've learned about performing: everything is the show.

Everything.

Everything about the performance space, everything about the performer, everything about the audience.  

It all impacts the meaning of the work that's being performed in ways overt…

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November 9, 2018 - University of Mary Washington, Virginia

What's the relationship between "home" and "identity?"

The Odyssey is undoubtedly curious about where these two ideas intersect, philosophically and practically.  

It's clear that Odysseus feels he won't be wholly himself until he not only reaches his home in a…

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November 7, 2018 - Hamden Hall, Connecticut

I've remarked here (and on stage in discussion and to anyone who will listen and even to a lot people who aren't listen- hey, where are you going???!) over and over that I find the Odyssey's capacity to reveal human…

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November 6, 2018 - Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire

As the last harmonics of my Odyssey faded into the beautiful old assembly hall on the campus of Phillips Exeter Academy on a rainy fall Tuesday night, I exhaled an easy breath and smiled.

The show in the small town…

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November 5, 2018 - Brandeis University

Speaking extemporaneously about The Odyssey in front of audiences has become essential to my performances and maybe even my life.

For one, it's yet another way my existence as a modern bard mirrors that of my protagonist: Odysseus is just…

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November 1, 2018 - Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

It happens every third show or so that an audience member comments that my version of The Odyssey sanitizes much of the violence of Homer's original, most notably in how I represent in an instrumental Odysseus' slaughter of the Suitors…

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October 17, 2018 - University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana

Before my Odyssey performance in Urbana, Illinois, on October 17, 2018, a beautiful sunny crisp fall Wednesday, the first and only time I was on the main University of Illinois campus was the weekend of April 16, 1994, and it…