The Odyssey

The Odyssey

Aug 8-14, 2021

The Odyssey

"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..."

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 Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included.

COVID-19 updates

Plans for the 2021 season are subject to the permissible event guidelines from public health officials and the university that will be in place at the time of the performances. We will provide details about all COVID-19 protocols as they become available. Learn more

Performance dates and times

Friday, July 9, 8 p.m. (preview)
Saturday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 17, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21, 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 31, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m.

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Maya Camille Boyd

Muse / Calypso

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Scott Coopwood*


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Daniel Crumrine

Eteonus / Elpenor

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Sean Michael Cummings

2nd Neighboring Cyclops

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Jacob Dresch*

Mentor / Alcinous

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Seth Palmer Harris

Leodes / Neoman / Eumaeus

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Greta Hooston

Arete / Alcippe

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Laurie Keith

Phemios / Eidothea / Circe

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Rodney Lizcano

Zeus / Demodocus / Cyclops / Teiresias

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Chloe McLeod

Helen / Eurylochus

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Josue Miranda

Young Menelaus / Hermes / 1st Neighboring Cyclops

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Leslie O'Carroll*

Eurycleia / Odysseus’ Mother

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Anne Penner


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Mark Ragan

Aeolus / Laertes

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Jessica Robblee*


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Christian Ray Robinson


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Stephanie Saltis


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Sean Scrutchins*

Poseidon / Antinous

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Michael Anthony Tatmon

Halitherses / Menelaus / Eurymachus

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Christian Tripp


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Artistic Team

Projection Designer

Iain Court

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Costume Designer

Meghan Anderson Doyle

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Scenic Designer

Jon Dunkle

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Amanda Giguere

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Casting Director

Sylvia Gregory

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Stage Manager

Matt Grevan*

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Lighting Designer

Shannon McKinney^

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Assistant Stage Manager

Rick Mireles*

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Director of Voice and Text

Jeffrey Parker

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Dance Choreographer

Erika Randall

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Sound Designer

Ken Travis^

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Projection Designer

Teri Wagner

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