For millennia, people have thrilled to the tales of Odysseus, the lost king desperate to get home in the wake of the Trojan War. Twin Cites playwright William Randall Beard (who wrote Park Square's 2003 adaptation of Mary Stuart) puts his own stamp on the classic story in a brand-new production at Park Square Theatre. Beard recasts the tale to be about the family—hero Odysseus, wife Penelope, and son Telemachus—as they all go on their own personal journeys to enlightenment. Directed by Park Square's Peter Cook, the production sports a cast of 19 players on a set designed by the always innovative Joel Sass. Leading the cast in the main roles are theater vets J.C. Cutler, Jodi Kellogg, and Sasha Andreev (also the host of HGTV's Curb Appeal ). While liberties have been taken with Homer's account, still expect to see plenty of derring-do, as one-eyed monsters, epic battles, and the gods themselves interfere with the lives of men and women.
Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 2. Continues through Feb. 6, 2011