OF THE EARTH – New Year’s Eve with the Shotgun Players

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Still looking for some excitement on New Year’s Eve? Spend the evening with the SHOTGUN PLAYERS performing one of the Bay Area’s best shows of 2010, OF THE EARTH – Part 2 of The Salt Plays. Written and directed by Jon Tracy, the play is inspired by The Odyssey of Homer. One man’s cunning won another man’s war. Now this soldier’s journey home begins. In an astonishing rise from the ashes of Troy, Of the Earth tears apart Odysseus’ concept of himself, and takes us on a new journey through the madness of his traumatized mind. Come celebrate with the troupe and show them the god or goddess you really are. The performance is followed by a party with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts, dancing with the stars of the show, and prizes for costumes.
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OF THE EARTH – New Year’s with The Shotgun Players

In a sleek and stunning new work inspired by The Odyssey, The Shotgun Players present the second half of an epic commissioned from writer, director and local theatre superhero Jon Tracy. Separated from his endless throngs of dedicated soldiers and the power trip of winning a war, Odysseus is left to swallow his own guilt and come to terms with the atrocities he brought upon his men. Hundreds of miles from home and desperate to return to Troy, a man divested of his pride battles mythic beasts, fends off seductions, and fights to return to his one true love.

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Dan Bruno and Elena Wright

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Emily Rosenthal, Elena Wright, Rami Margron, Anna Ishida

The title references a tale regarding Odysseus’ attempt to avoid fighting in the Trojan War. Although he became one of the key leaders in the Greek army, Odysseus actually tried to avoid joining the war by pretending to be insane. When he was approached by Agamemnon and Palamedes to join the fight, Odysseus began sowing salt in his fields. Palamedes responded by putting Odysseus’ baby son Telemachus in the path of the plow. When Odysseus swerved to miss hitting his son, Agamemnon knew that Odysseus was not only sane, but cunning as well. Odysseus joined the war – but he also took his revenge on Palamedes by arranging his death. Although Odysseus was eager to protect his own son, he shows ruthless determination in arranging for the sacrifice of Agamemnon’s daughter, Iphigenia. What is it in human nature that allows for such moral shifts? As the USA closes-in on the ten year mark of its own distant war, the purpose of this tale becomes even more deafening.

Of the Earth is a new play commissioned by The Shotgun Players. Written and directed by Jon Tracy, with Original Music by Brendan West. Set Design by Nina Ball, Light Design by Lucas Krech, Video Production by Lloyd Vance. Costume Design by Christina Yeaton, Properties Design by Anne Kendall, Fight Direction by Dave Maier. The production continues through January 16th.

OF THE EARTH — Part 2 of The Salt Plays
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Elena Wright, Charisse Loriaux, Dan Bruno, Rami Margron, Emily Rosenthal

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