Ancient Greeks laid the foundations for contemporary theater by composing the first plays and stealing the first Tony Awards from Mount Olympus. Celebrate theatrical progress with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get one ticket for orchestra or center-balcony seating (up to a $54.50 value, including ticketing fees) to one of the following performances:
- Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m.<p>
- For $28, you get one ticket for orchestra or center-balcony seating (up to a $59.50 value, including ticketing fees) to one of the following performances:
- Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. <p>
- For $30, you get one ticket for orchestra or center-balcony seating on Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. (up to a $64.50 value, including ticketing fees). <p>
The world premier of Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus, penned by up-and-coming playwright Jason Gray Platt and brought to the stage by Round House producing artistic director Blake Robison, retells Homer’s Odyssey in the modern day from the perspective of the family whom Greek hero Odysseus had left behind. The show explores the fallout of the adventurer’s long absence from the island of Ithaca, exploring the consequential familial tensions and power struggles as his wife Penelope attempts to placate the host of suitors struggling to take her husband’s place. Tensions flare as Odysseus’s son, Telemachus, faces an increasingly forceful rebellion, angrily trying to keep his father’s memory alive before the family must stave off a coup attempt by two mysterious outsiders. The show’s contemporary staging and dialogue keep the story accessible, engaging showgoers who are unfamiliar with the story and still-bitter Trojans who can’t let go.
Crown of Shadows: the wake of odysseus contains scenes of violence, brief nudity, and adult situations, and is not recommended for patrons under 17.
Round House Theatre
When it was founded in 1970, the theatre company Street ’70 didn’t have a home, instead serving as a nomadic outreach program for schools and community spaces. It would be seven years before they’d find their own space in the Round House Theatre, which would eventually become the company’s moniker. Since those early days, the ensemble has produced more than 200 performances per year out of their home theater in Bethesda and a black box theater in Silver Springs. Round House Theatre also spreads the drama bug through classes, workshops, and not washing their hands after handling freshly penned manuscripts.