The Penelopiad

Directed by Megan Follows

Starring Seana McKenna

January 22 to February 9, 2019
Spriet Stage
Opens January 25

“Now that I’m dead, I know everything.” So begins Penelope, the famously faithful wife of the Greek hero Odysseus, speaking from the afterlife in Hades. Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace) retells Homer’s Odyssey through Penelope’s eyes: her husband’s return, along with vengeance and a shocking and violent injustice. The Penelopiad flips the classical myth on its head, giving voice to the chorus of ten handmaidens. With acerbic wit and inspired originality, this contemporary take on an ancient tale is Atwood at her finest.

“It is one thing to read Atwood – another to experience her words on the stage. Listen closely as these women from ancient times speak modern truths.” – Dennis Garnhum

Don't miss legendary actor Seana McKenna in her only stage appearance in 2019! In a recent interview, Ms McKenna talked about her career and taking a break from the stage. READ THE INTERVIEW »

The Cast

Praneet Akilla Odysseus

Claire Armstrong Maid

Tess Benger Maid

Nadine Bhabha Maid

Ingrid Blekys Maid

Dejah Dixon-Green Maid

Deborah Drakeford Maid

Seana McKenna Penelope

Ellora Patnaik Maid

Monice Peter Maid

Siobhan Richardson Maid

Production Team

Megan Follows Director

Philippa Domville Choreographer

Charlotte Dean Set Designer

Dana Osborne Costume Designer

Bonnie Beecher Lighting Designer

Jamie Nesbitt Projection Designer

Deanna H. Choi Composer / Sound Designer / Vocal Coach

Beatrice Campbell Stage Manager

Loreen Gibson Assistant Stage Manager

Loralie Pollard Apprentice Stage Manager