Aug 9-Sep 3  West Coast Premiere
Marcus Gardley brings Homer’s epic tale home to Oakland.

No man can know himself if he doesn’t know his history. This could be familial history, cultural history, even national history. All of these histories are a part of who we are.
— Marcus Gardley, playwright

Written by Oakland-native Marcus Gardley and helmed by Cal Shakes artistic director Eric Ting, black odyssey mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore in this musical and visionary new take on Homer’s classic.

After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, Ulysses Lincoln, a Gulf War veteran, struggles to find his way home to his wife, Nella, and his son, Malachi.

A host of Gods control his fate, including the dignified Deus, scheming Paw Sidin, and radiant Aunt Tina, who make Ulysses confront his ancestral past so that he can embrace his unsettled present.



  • CALENDAR
  • WHO'S WHO
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • PROGRAM
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Who's Who

CREATIVE TEAM
Director—ERIC TING
Scenic Designer—MICHAEL LOCHER
Costume Designer—DEDE M. AYITE
Lighting Designer—XAVIER PIERCE
Sound Design—T. CARLIS ROBERTS
Vocal Composer & Vocal Ensemble Director—MOLLY HOLM
Vocal Composer & Music Director—LINDA TILLERY
Choreographer—LATANYA D. TIGNER
Choreographer—KENDRA KIMBROUGH BARNES
Dramaturg—LISA EVANS
Stage Manager—LAXMI KUMARAN*
Assistant Stage Manager—MEGAN MCCLINTOCK*

CAST
Great Grand Paw Sidin—ALDO BILLINGSLEA*
Malachai—MICHAEL CURRY
Benevolence Nausicca Sabine—SAFIYA FREDERICKS*
Great Aunt Tina; Scylla—MARGO HALL*
Nella Pell—OMOZÉ IDEHENRE*
Ulysses Lincoln—J. ALPHONSE NICHOLSON*
Artez Sabine—MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN*
Great Grand Daddy—LAMONT THOMPSON*
Alsendra Sabine—DAWN L. TROUPE*

*member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We generally recommend black odyssey for adults and children ages 13 and up.

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.