NYUs Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Penelope, a workshop presentation of a new play by actress and playwright Ellen McLaughlin, for five performances (Oct. 29-31 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) at its Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (715 Broadway at Washington Place/entrance on 1 Washington Place). McLaughlin is best known for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushners Angels in America.
Penelope is a music-theater piece featuring McLaughlin and a string quartet with original music by Sarah Kirkland Snider. In the play, a womans ex-husband appears at her door after an absence of 20 years, suffering from brain damage. A veteran of a modern war, he doesnt know who he is and she doesnt know who hes become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him The Odyssey, and in the journey of that book, she finds a way into her former husbands memory and the terror and trauma of war.
The event is free and open to the NYU community ($10 for the general public), but tickets are required for entry. For tickets and a complete schedule of performances, go to Ticket Central at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/75242. For more information, call 212.998.4941.