Odysseus DOA at the Lion Theater
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, in co-production with Red House Arts Center, will present Odysseus DOA (died of AIDS), a comedic look at death in the age of AIDS, written and directed by Stephen Svoboda.
The show will play a limited engagement at Theatre Row's Lion Theatre from 16 - 20 Mar 2011.
Odysseus DOA: Elliot has come to the hospital to die. Amongst a group of patients with advanced AIDS, his mind deteriorates, leaving fantasy and anxiety to tango. His magical and humorous story is blended with Homer's "Odyssey," the story of a man determined to return home despite all the obstacles the gods dish out along the way. Elliot has become the legendary Greek hero Odysseus.
The cast of Odysseus DOA includes Laura Austin, John Bixler, Binaifer Dabu, Brett Davenport, Maha McCain, Kate Metroka, Adam Perabo, Darian Sundberg, Temar Underwood and Nathan Young.
Set Design is by Michiko Kitayama-Skinner, costumes are by Kristi McKay, lighting by John Czajkowki and sound by Stephen Svoboda.
Odysseus DOA debuted at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival, where it won an award for Best Ensemble. Subsequent productions have been staged in Long Island, NY and internationally in Athens, Greece and Seoul, South Korea. The most recent production opened in Syracuse at the Red House Arts Center and ran during Jan 2011.
Stephen Svoboda (Writer and Director) is the Executive Artistic Director for The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake and the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse.' Odysseus Died of AIDS' was published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2005, by the New York Theatre Experience. His most recent production, 'Reconstructing Mama,' a new musical written with N. David Williams, premiered Off-Broadway at The Theatre Row Studios in August 2006. He works internationally with The Harambe Project to help do HIV/AIDS education and prevention and orphan care throughout Africa.