GTA to perform “The Odyssey” with director Michael Granberry

Director Michael Granberry

     

WHAT: “The Odyssey.” Homer’s epic poem adapted for the stage by playwright Mary Zimmerman, who kept us spellbound with a parade of mythological characters in GTA’s 2007 production of Metamorphoses. It tackles Homer’s epic story of the warrior Odysseus and his arduous 10-year journey home from the Trojan War. Come on the journey if you dare, as the gods spar with each other creating fantastic, threatening monsters and opportunities for escape, as Odysseus perseveres to be reunited with his dear Penelope, and whose son, now grown up without a father, struggles to defend his mother from a mob of suitors who would claim Odysseus’ land and family in Ithaca. There is a reason old maps often said “this way monsters go!”

WRITTEN BY:  Mary Zimmerman (playwright) is best known for her adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which was seen on the GTA stage in 2007, as well as The Secret in the Wings, which was featured as part of the GTA Discovery Series earlier this season. She is a lifelong fan of Greek mythology, however it was while studying in England that she was first introduced to The Odyssey. She is a noted director of plays, musicals, and operas (she won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Direction of Metamorphoses), as well as playwright. Zimmerman has three degrees from Northwestern University, all in theater and performance studies.

DIRECTED BY: Michael Granberry is a GTA alumnus and two-time Emmy Award-winning animator whose work includes the Oscar-nominated feature film, Anomalisa, the multiple Emmy Award-winning preschool series, Tumble Leaf, and several seasons of the long-running Adult Swim hit series, Robot Chicken. His television directing credits include Tumble Leaf, Bob’s Burgers, MAD, and Spy VS Spy. Other film and television credits include Adventure Time, Supermansion, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, and Tales of Halloween. Prior to working in animation, Michael spent several years as Artistic Director for the Cape Fear Shakespeare Festival in Wilmington, NC. He currently serves as Animation Director for Bix Pix Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA.

PERFORMED  BY:  The Gainesville Theatre Alliance, a nationally acclaimed collaboration between the University of North Georgia, Brenau University, theatre professionals and the northeast Georgia community.

FEATURED:  Lighting designer D. Connor McVey is a resident artist at Terrific New Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama; selected previous credits include Split In Three, Bad Jews, Elephant’s Graveyard, November, The Lying Kind, and Bust – all Alabama premiers. Other credits include Actor’s Express, Jenny Wiley Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Oglethorpe University, Synchronicity, Birmingham-Southern College, 7 Stages, and ALD credits with Aurora, Horizon, and South Carolina Children’s Theatre.

Sound Designer Chris Moore is an internationally recognized sound engineer and consultant. Chris works as System Design Engineer with Meyer Sound Laboratories and as a Consultant with Theatre Projects of London England.   Recent credits include the DAI Show in Xishguanbanna China, Superbowl 50, House of Dancing Water in Macau China, and Kirkorov Live at the Kremlin.

Costume Designer Pamela Workman became GTA’s Resident Costume Designer in 2014 and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Brenau University. GTA audiences shave seen Pam’s designs for GTA shows including: Mary Poppins, Once on this Island, Beauty and the Beast, Much Ado About Nothing. Pam teaches a number of costume and craft classes for GTA. She graduated from Morehead State College in Kentucky and went on to receive an MFA from the University of Oklahoma.

Free Stage Tour (a peek behind the scenes!): March 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Preview Performance: $10 tickets! (Preview tickets go on sale March 26, 2018) April 9, 2018, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Free Opening Night Reception: In the lobby following the performance with the cast and crew, catered by Avocados on April 10, 2018

Talk Back with Cast & Crew: a lively (and free) Q&A session following the performance on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

When: Performances are April 10-14 and 17-21, at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on April 15 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Where:  University of North Georgia at Oakwood’s Ed Cabell Theatre, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood 30566. Take Exit 16 west off I-985. Go 1/4 mile; turn right into first UNG entrance. Theatre is in Continuing Education/Performing Arts Center on right. Free lighted parking around building.

Tickets: Tickets are $18/$20 for adults, $16-18 for seniors and $12/$14 for students*. You can click the link below to choose your own seats and print your own tickets – or call the Box Office at 678.717.3624. The Box Office can also make arrangements for ADA seating or, if you have a group of 12 or more, a group discount of 20% off.

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