May 13, 2008

*ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS /ANON(YMOUS)/*

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents a mainstage production of /Anon(ymous)/, Naomi Iizuka’s modern retelling of Homer’s /Odyssey/, from April 10-19. Artistic Director Jeffery Allen directs a cast of 18 talented teens from across central Connecticut in this extraordinary new work that traces the journey of a nameless hero seeking to return home.

Anon, a teen immigrant with no name, washes up on the shores of the United States and begins a quest that leads him through the sometimes harsh landscape that is modern-day America. Along the way he survives encounters with greedy politicians, ghosts, a cannibalistic Cyclops, and other dangers of mythological proportions. Guided by a goddess, Anon is trying to get back to the mother he lost. She is “home,” and she turns out to be much closer than our hero believes.

/Anon(ymous)/ was first performed in April 2006 by The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis and continues Oddfellows’ dedication to bringing the best of modern theater to Middletown. This show is most suitable for those ages 8 and up.

Support for Oddfellows Playhouse 2007-08 season comes from the CT State Department of Education, the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, Middlesex United Way, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation, The Stare Fund, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, and the Middletown Foundation for the Arts.

/Anon(ymous)/ previews at Oddfellows Playhouse at 128 Washington Street in Middletown on Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm, with a “can-can” performance (pay-what-you-can and bring a can for the Amazing Grace food pantry). Additional performances are on April 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 students and seniors. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (860) 347-6143.