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The Penelopiad ()

Produced by

Nightwood Theatre

Playwright: Margaret Atwood
Director: Kelly Thornton


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


January 8th, 2013 – February 10th, 2013


“Now that I’m dead, I know everything.” So begins The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood’s daring response to Homer’s The Odyssey. Destined to spend eternity in Hades, Penelope recounts her life’s story and the murder of her twelve handmaidens by her vengeful husband Odysseus. Atwood’s acerbic wit brings one of history’s most powerful myths to the contemporary imagination. A provocative new look at a woman’s longing, lust and culpability. (


Maev Beaty Laertes/Maid
Neema Bickersteth Telemachus/Maid
Fiona Byrne Naiad/Maid
Audrey Dwyer Icarius/Maid
Sarah Dodd Anticleia/Maid
Monica Dottor Oracle/Maid
Megan Follows Penelope
Kelli Fox Odysseus/Maid
Cara Gee Melantho/Maid
Patricia Hamilton Eurycleia/Maid
Nicole Joy-Fraser Antinous/Maid
Pamela Mala Sinha Helen/Maid
Sophia Walker Menelaus/Maid

Creative Team

Margaret Atwood Playwright
Kelly Thornton Director
Denyse Karn Set Designer
Denyse Karn Costume Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
Suba Sankaran Composer
Suba Sankaran Sound Designer
Suba Sankaran Music Director
Monica Dottor Choreographer
Jasmine Chen Assistant Director
Erin McCleary Assistant Designer


Sarah Yaffe Stage Manager
Katherine Smith Technical Director
Erin McCleary Cutter
Erin McCleary Seamstress
Ashley Westlake Assistant Stage Manager
Eric Meadows Sound Consultant
Monica Sass Dresser