Oddessey - Jason Christian Professor Klayder Cultural Paper...

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Jason Christian Professor Klayder Cultural Paper 2 October 4, 2006 Children’s Drama for an Adult Audience Homer’s The Odyssey comes to us from ancient Greece. It has gone through many translations and adaptations – from an epic poem to a current drama for young people. This adaptation seemingly presents itself for a younger audience. This could be misleading due to its use of complex staging ideas and some mature content. Much of the staging is suggested, but a couple key moments use a more elaborate staging practice. For example, when Odysseus meets with the Cyclopes the fire that is used to harden the spear and even the Cyclopes’ sheep are all suggested by pantomime. However, when the Cyclopes’ eye is poked out; the eye in the giant mask is actually poked out. This shows a bleak contrast, not to mention a peculiar choice. The idea seemed that the director wished to surprise the audience in the way of an unexpected special effect. It actually undermined the whole idea that had been built by the use of
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