In one way or another, almost everyone has been exposed to The Odyssey – the epic Greek poem about Odysseus’ journey home after the fall of Troy. The Odyssey is a high school English staple, the basis for the film, O Brother, Where Art Thou, and origin of countless references ranging from The Simpsons to James Joyce to Xena: The Warrior Princess.
Stephanie Murray, an education specialist with a passion for mythology, will explore the poem’s continuing clout with pop culture with two presentations Nov. 21 at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.
The presentations – slated for 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – are a special tie-in with the Theatre Department’s production of The Odyssey Abridged: A Puppet Journey of Epic Proportions. Murray will provide an entertaining look at how Greek literature and mythology is firmly embedded in today’s pop culture.
Murray holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Religious Studies from Lees-McRae College. She currently serves as an educational advisor for adult learners in North Carolina.
The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
The Odyssey Abridged performances are Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinée showings at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and Nov. 24. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online now at http://www.northeaststate.edu. Tickets are free to Northeast State students with valid student identification.