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Black Odyssey at Classic Stage Company Announces Cast

The new play by Marcus Gardley reimagines ”The Odyssey” in modern-day Harlem.

Sean Boyce Johnson and D. Woods join the cast of Black Odyssey at Classic Stage Company.
Sean Boyce Johnson and D. Woods join the cast of Black Odyssey at Classic Stage Company.
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Classic Stage Company has announced the complete cast and creative team for Black Odyssey, written by Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand) and directed by Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain't No Mo'). Performances will run from February 9-March 26 with an official opening on February 26.

The play is described as follows: "Marcus Gardley blends classic mythology, African-American history, and modern theatricality to create the poetic Black Odyssey. This vibrant reimagining of the Odysseus saga is set in modern-day Harlem, telling the epic tale of Ulysses Lincoln, a soldier facing the most daunting of voyages to reunite with his family. While fate may seem in control of Ulysses' destiny, his ancestors and their buried history will help guide his journey home."

The cast of Black Odyssey will feature James T. Alfred (National Tour of Jitney) as "Deus," Tẹmídayọ Amay (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play) as "Benevolence," Harriett D. Foy (P-Valley) as "Aunt Tee," Marcus Gladney Jr. (Choir Boy) as "Malachai Lincoln," Sean Boyce Johnson (For Life) as "Ulysses Lincoln," Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black) as "Alsendra Sabine," Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney) as "Paw Sidin," Lance Coadie Williams (Sweat) as "Artez Sabine," and D. Woods (For Colored Girls…) as "Nella P. Lincoln."

The creative team includes set design by David Goldstein, costume design by Kindall Almond, lighting design by Adam Honoré, prop supervision by Alexander Wylie, music direction by Linda Tillery, co-music direction by Molly Holm, choreography by Aquila Kikora Franklin, and assistant direction by PJ Johnnie JR. Jakob W. Plummer serves as production stage manager and TaTyana Smith serves as assistant stage manager. Casting is by X Casting and Victor Vazquez, CSA.

Black Odyssey was originally developed and produced at the Denver Center Theatre Company, a division of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Kent Thompson, Artistic Director).

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