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The Acting Company brings a fresh take on Homer’s Odyssey to W&L’s Keller Theatre

The all-female cast told the classical story through a lens of migrants
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Veronika Kolosova
Stage set at the Keller Theatre before “Odyssey.”

The Acting Company performed “Odyssey” at Lenfest Center for the Arts on Oct. 9.

Adapted and directed by Lisa Peterson, “Odyssey” sheds light on the refugee camp experience while sharing a beloved classic through migrants’ perspective.

“I enjoyed how they adapted the plot,” Mariah Scott, ’25, said. “From the synopsis, I was confused. But after viewing the show, I saw how effective the idea was.”

Four refugees use the classic tale to pass the time in a migrant camp, waiting for buses to take them to a new destination. They use literary work as a medium to tell personal stories, fears and aspirations.

The Acting Company is the only professional theater that focuses on the development of young classical actors. For 110 minutes, an all-female cast presented Emily Wilson’s translation of the “Odyssey” without intermissions or scene changes.

“The cast were all very committed to their roles from the accents to the movement,” Scott said. “Throughout the show I was wondering if their accents were real because they sounded so good. Also, I loved how they were able to perform the whole show with the small amount of props on stage.”

The Acting Company used a limited amount of props but went all out with sound and light effects. Throughout the play, they used screens in the back of the scene to simulate water, storm and lightning. They also used live sound effects to imitate the voices of different monsters Odyssey faces on his way home.

“The lights and sound effects were great. It made me feel like I was right there with them and definitely in the scenes that took place in water, the lights and sounds worked well to tie me into the show,” Scott said.

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