From dusk till dawn, 200 individuals, including children, veterans, poets and teachers, will take to Fairytale Town’s outdoor Mother Goose Stage to present an all-night, nonstop reading of Homer’s great epic, “The Odyssey.”
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The park will open at 6:30 p.m., and the reading will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jun. 22 and conclude around 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jun. 23. Participants will read aloud pre-assigned passages drawn from a translation by Robert Fagles.
This reading is presented in partnership with the Readers of Homer, an organization-in-residence at Bard College in New York.
The Readers of Homer is a non-profit literary event company that produces all-day or all-night audience-participation readings of “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” in the United States and internationally.
“The Odyssey” follows the famous hero, Odysseus, and his 10-year struggle to reach home following the end of the Trojan War. During his journey he encounters cultures exotic, threatening and unfamiliar, and he barely triumphs over them through his strategic intelligence.
“‘The Odyssey’ inexorably defines the prototypical journey and adventure of struggle and of homecoming to ourselves and where we came from,” said Kathryn Hohlwein, founder and president of the Readers of Homer and professor emeritus of English at Sacramento State University, where she long taught a graduate seminar called “The Homeric Imagination.”
“Generations have gained courage from ‘The Odyssey.’ Young boys with absent fathers struggling to come-of-age will find Telemachus’ story compelling. Returning veterans in particular will recognize the hardships and trials of homecoming.”
The reading is free for veterans, active military, students with valid ID and children ages 12 and under. Advance tickets are $20 for adults. Day-of tickets are $25 for adults.
Participants and audience members are welcome to bring food and beverages, lawn chairs and/or tents.
Fairy Tale Town is located at 3901 Land Park Drive in Sacramento.
For more information visit fairytaletown.org or call 916-808-7462.