Jul 3-Aug 8, 2020

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

The Odyssey

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Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
the wanderer, harried for years on end...

THE ODYSSEY by Homer
Adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Adapted from the translation of “The Odyssey” by Robert Fitzgerald

In Mary Zimmerman’s sweeping adaptation of Homer’s classic adventure, our hero Odysseus undergoes an epic journey to return to his own kingdom after the fall of Troy. He’ll have to overcome witches, mythological beasts and the gods themselves if he ever hopes to see his wife and son again.

Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with epic theatre under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included.

Enjoying outdoor theatre: 

Attending an outdoor show in the Boulder foothills can be unpredictable. Come prepared to enjoy the adventure by reviewing our weather policy and attire suggestions. Learn more

Performance dates and times: 

Friday, July 3, 8 p.m. (preview)  $17-$53
Sunday, July 5, 7 p.m. (opening)  $24-$75
Sunday, July 12, 7 p.m.  $24-$85
Friday, July 17, 8 p.m.  $22-$64
Saturday, July 18, 8 p.m.  $24-$75 
Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.  $20-$64
Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m.  $24-$68
Sunday, July 26, 7 p.m.  $24-$75*
Wednesday, July 29, 7 p.m.  $22-$64
Saturday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m.  $26-$75
Friday, Aug. 7, 8 p.m.  $24-$64
Saturday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m.  $26-$75

View full CSF 2020 Calendar

Buying options: 

Discounts for groups, youth, seniors, students, active military, CU employees and season ticket orders. Learn more

*Live caption and audio description performance: 

CSF will offer live caption and audio description services at the Sunday, July 26, 7 p.m. performance of “The Odyssey.”

If you are planning to attend the event and require these accommodations, please call or email the box office at 303-492-8008 / cupresents@colorado.edu. Reservations for this service should be made at the time of ticket purchase to ensure the best seating for this service.

For more information, please visit our accessibility page.

Colorado Shakes is about to go all ‘Midsummer glam-punk’ in 2020

"Whenever the Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces its annual summer season, it’s not so much 'What are they going to do?' as, 'How are they going to do it?'"

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Read the full review - Colorado Shakes is about to go all ‘Midsummer glam-punk’ in 2020

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 lineup

"An adaptation of ‘The Odyssey’ joins staples such as ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’ at Boulder summer festival."

OnStage Colorado

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 lineup

Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

"'I am enthralled by this adaption by Mary Zimmerman. It is so theatrical, so moving and funny. It shows us this ancient adventure that is still exciting, and how live theatre can be so powerful bringing it to life,' said Orr."

CU Presents

Read the full review - Colorado Shakespeare Festival announces 2020 season, featuring modern remixes of classic tales

Performance Extras

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Classics 101 Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Classics 101

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Outdoor Preshow Talks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Preshow Talks

Before most performances, CSF offers a free preshow…

Free and open to the public

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Outdoor Cast Talkbacks Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Outdoor Cast Talkbacks

Following most performances, remain in the theatre and…

Free and open to the public

Learn more about Outdoor Cast Talkbacks
Picnicking Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Picnicking

75 minutes before showtime, our grounds come alive…

Free Event
Green Shows Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Green Shows

Enjoy some pre-show entertainment in the Shakespeare Garden…

Free Event
Shakespeare Garden Tours Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Garden Tours

The Colorado Shakespeare Gardens (CSG) invites all who…

Shakespeare Gift Cart Jun 5-Aug 9, 2020

Shakespeare Gift Cart

Bring home a lasting memory of your visit…

Plan your visit

Most CU Presents performances take place on the beautiful University of Colorado Boulder campus. Take some time to explore our venues, find out how to get here, where to park and get more tips on what to do while you’re in town.

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Accessibility services at CU Boulder

The University of Colorado is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend an event and require accommodations, please contact CU Presents no later than 7 days before the event at cupresents@colorado.edu or 303-492-8008.

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