A look at The Odyssey’s influence on pop culture

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 Odyssey resonates to the modern world.
The Odyssey resonates to the modern world.

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.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

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.

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