York Theatre Production History
Founded in 1969
The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, presented the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s Desperate Measures), music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, My Love), music direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner (York’s Cheek to Cheek, Desperate Measures) and vocal arrangements by David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, and Stephen Weiner.
Penelope is married to Odysseus, the rightful King of Ithaca. For the last twenty years, she’s been waiting for him to return from the Trojan War. Meanwhile, a bevy of suitors have gathered, each wanting to marry her and take over the kingdom. Since they have little else to do but eat and drink, they decide to form an a capella group. (The acoustics in the great hall are terrific.)
To stall them, Penelope writes letters to herself and pretends they’re from Odysseus saying he’s on his way. Little does she know, her letters gathered together are creating the story of The Odyssey. (Since no one knows who really wrote The Odyssey, this theory is as good as any other.) It's funny, it’s fierce and, above all, it's epic!
A look into The york's production of Penelope
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Book & Lyrics Peter Kellogg
Music Stephen Weiner
Directed & Choreographed by Emily Maltby
Music Direction & Orchestrations David Hancock Turner
Scenic Design James Morgan
Costume Design Lex Liang
Lighting Design David A. Sexton
Sound Design Bradlee Ward for Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Properties Designer Kate Field
Vocal Arrangements David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, & Stephen Weiner
Casting Director Michael Cassara, CSA
Press Representative Richard Hillman PR: Philip Carrubba
Production Coordination Intuitive Production Management
Company Manager Austin Tracy
Managing Director Aaron Simms
Production Stage Manager Chris Steckel
Production made possible with the support of Mary Cossette, Richard Epro and Kitty Chen Dean, Sarah Feingold, & Willette Klausner.