Odyssey 2023

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2023 Ithacan Idol Presents: The Odyssey

Directed and Adapted by Audrey Michel and Arthur Weiser

Who is Odysseus? Stranger or companion, wayfarer or colonizer, somebody or nobody—the hero of the Odyssey, even in the epic itself, is a controversial figure. The 2023 McGill Classics Play now brings to the stage the once-a-millennium game show, Ithacan Idol, where contestants will unravel this imagined and reimagined mythic figure. 

Performances will be held at 7 pm on February 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th at the Théâtre Sainte-Catherine, 264 Sainte-Catherine East. Tickets are available now! Please note that this venue is wheelchair accessible, with refreshments available for purchase.

An additional performance will take place at Westmount's Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St W, at 2pm on February 4th- admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. Please note that this venue is wheelchair accessible.

2023 McGill Classics Play Talk

The McGill Classics Play is pleased to welcome Prof. Yukai Li (Carleton University) for this year's talk, entitled "Beyond the action-image: Odysseus as spectator in Deleuze’s Cinema”, at 2:30pm on Friday, February 10th, in Leacock 808. This talk is free and open to all, and the building is wheelchair accessible.


The McGill Classics Play, generously supported by the McGill Department of History and Classical Studies John MacNaughton bequest fund, is a non-profit venture committed to giving Montreal university students a unique educational experience, while fostering cultural exchanges with our Montreal community around ancient texts. We offer free shows and free workshops open to the community, and we bring in guest speakers for public lectures on Classical drama and performance. Any support you can give in helping us continue this kind of programming is so appreciated. You can donate directly to the McGill Classics Play here, and you will automatically receive a tax receipt for your donation. Thank you for supporting the McGill Classics Play!

In acknowledging our presence on Tiohtià:ke, the un-ceded territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, the 2023 production of The Odyssey will also be raising funds for and donating a portion of our revenues to the Montreal Native Women's Shelter. You can donate to them here! Given current events, and the themes of our production, we will also be donating to AGIR Montreal, supporting queer refugees. You can donate to them here!

The McGill Classics Play is a member of the Quebec Drama Federation, and its community partner, Oimoi Productions, is a member of the Freestanding Room.

2024 Call for Proposals / Appel À Propositions (français ci-dessous)

The McGill Classics Play invites proposals from possible directors for its 2024 production. Applicants may be undergraduates or post-graduates, studying any discipline, from any university in Montréal, though McGill students will be given priority in the case of proposals deemed of equal merit. Proposed plays must be based on Ancient Greek or Roman texts, with English as the preferred (but not mandatory) production language. Each proposal should be 1-2 pages, in English or in French, submitted without any names on it, and should detail the following: the play or adapted text proposed; the general concept for the play’s translation/adaptation (this can include visual and musical considerations); whether or not the proposed director(s) will do the translation themselves; any further comments on design, concept, tie-in events, possible guest speakers or community organisations that we might exchange with, or the reasoning behind choosing this play. If you have additional team members confirmed for your production, please include their roles (not their names) as well. All proposals should be submitted in .pdf form with the title ClassicsPlayProposal to lynn.kozak [at] mcgill.ca by March 1st. Proposals will be blind-reviewed, and results will be announced by March 15th.
For further information, please email lynn.kozak [at] mcgill.ca.
Le McGill Classics Play invite des propositions de metteurs possibles pour sa production en 2024. Les candidats peuvent être des étudiants de premier cycle ou des post-diplômés, étudiant n'importe quelle discipline, de n'importe quelle université à Montréal, mais les étudiants de McGill auront priorité dans le cas de propositions jugées égales. Les pièces proposées doivent être basées sur des textes grecs anciens ou romains et l'anglais est la langue de production préférée (mais non obligatoire). Chaque proposition doit contenir une ou deux pages, en anglais ou en français, sans aucun nom et doit préciser: la pièce de théâtre ou le texte adapté proposé ; le concept général de la traduction / adaptation de la pièce (cela peut inclure des considérations visuelles et musicales); que le ou les directeurs proposés effectuent eux-mêmes la traduction; tout autre commentaire sur la conception, le concept, les rencontres, les conférenciers invités ou les organismes communautaires avec lesquels nous pourrions échanger ou le raisonnement qui sous-tend ce choix de cette pièce. Si vous avez des membres d'équipe supplémentaires confirmés pour votre production, veuillez inclure leurs rôles (pas leur noms) ainsi. Toutes les propositions doivent être soumises en format .pdf avec le titre ClassicsPlayProposal à lynn.kozak [at] mcgill.ca, avant le 1 mars. Les propositions seront examinées à l'aveugle et les résultats seront annoncés le 15 mars.
Pour plus d'informations s'il vous plaît contacter lynn.kozak [at] mcgill.ca.






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