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‘Penelopiad’ to open 2007-08 NAC season

Production will first bow at Stratford-upon-Avon in July

Canada’s National Arts Center will team with the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company to present the world-premiere stage adaptation of Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood’s “The Penelopiad.” The production will bow at Stratford-upon-Avon in July before opening the 2007-08 NAC season in Ottawa, running Sept. 17-Oct. 6.

Atwood’s revisionist update of Greek mythology tells the story of Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, and her 12 maids, killed when the master returned home from a long voyage. A director will be announced soon for the stage adaptation, which will draw on classical and contemporary traditions.

The partnership represents the first time since its inception in 1969 that the NAC will collaborate and perform outside North America. The all female cast will include six Canadian members and six thesps from the RSC troupe.