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"The Odyssey" presented by the Straz Center's Patel Conservatory
"The Odyssey" presented by the Straz Center's Patel Conservatory

Tampa, Florida -- The Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory Theater will present Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The Odyssey, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at 7 p.m. in the TECO Theater at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.

Patel Conservatory students in grade seven through adult will perform The Odyssey, under the direction of conservatory Theater Department Chair Ami Sallee.

In this dramatic adaptation of The Odyssey, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus’ ten-year journey. She depicts his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others, with her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works.

“We wanted to bring to life a classic tale, an excuse to see theater for ‘educational’ purposes that would truly engage the actors and audience alike. Mary Zimmerman has a gift for taking ancient tales and turning them from seemingly inaccessible words on a page to a full dramatic adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  This is truly the way Homer intended his readers to experience this epic poem,” Sallee said.

Regularly priced tickets to The Odyssey are $10-$15. Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org. Special group rates will be given for school groups and in-classroom educational components are available. Student groups of 10 or more can get in for $3.50 per ticket by contacting pateltheater@strazcenter.org.  

The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 students are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Class registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002.

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