Schedule announced for Oklahoma Contemporary's live marathon reading of The Odyssey
Classical becomes contemporary in a few short days, when your arts center debuts a livestream marathon reading of Emily Wilson's groundbreaking translation of Homer's The Odyssey. Last week, we brought you news of Oklahoma Contemporary's star-studded, two-weekend event, featuring local community leaders and international artists, musicians, actors and more — broadcasting live from our new Te Ata Theater and from remote locations around the world.
Translator Wilson herself will narrate the final book at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 29. "The Odyssey emerged from an oral folk poetry tradition in archaic Greece, and it’s a joy to see the poem’s performative roots being honored in twenty-first century fashion with this virtual live performance," she said.
Today we're looking ahead to these two monumental weekends with a full schedule of readers. Scope it out below, organize virtual viewing parties with your friends and make plans to tune in on YouTube, Facebook or here on our website.
Thursday, Aug. 20
7 p.m., Book One: Musician Leslie Feist
7:30 p.m., Book Two: Mayor David Holt
8 p.m., Book Three: Shahzad Ismaily
8:30 p.m., Book Four: Artist Octavio Abúndez
Friday, Aug. 21
7 p.m, Book Five: Poet and professor Ken Hada
7:30 p.m., Book Six: Actress Ali Ahn
8 p.m., Book Seven: Artist Muna Malik
8:30 p.m., Book Eight: Lost Ogle founder Patrick Riley
Saturday, Aug. 22
7 p.m., Book Nine: Actor and producer Tom Todoroff
7:30 p.m., Book 10: Curator heather ahtone
8 p.m., Book 11: Musician Joseph Keckler
8:30 p.m., Book 12: Composer Kate Soper
Thursday, Aug. 27
7 p.m., Book 13: Artist Bethany Joy Collins
7:30 p.m., Book 14: Community leader Robert Ruiz
8 p.m., Book 15: Writer and producer Bryan Cogman
8:30 p.m., Book 16: Calle Dos Cinco executive director Gloria Torres
Friday, Aug. 28
7 p.m., Book 17: Actor Raffi Barsoumian
7:30 p.m., Book 18: Councilwoman Nikki Nice
8 p.m., Book 19: Musician Nick Waterhouse
8:30 p.m., Book 20: Writer and podcast host Rebecca Nagle
Saturday, Aug. 29
7 p.m., Book 21: Musician Lee Ranaldo
7:30 p.m., Book 22: Artist Nicole Poole
8 p.m., Book 23: Actor Bebe Neuwirth
8:30 p.m., Book 24: Translator Emily Wilson
The Odyssey reading series from Oklahoma Contemporary aims to digitally re-create the experience of listening together to a tale told thousands of times, throughout histories and across continents. Join us in this epic undertaking beginning at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 20!
Return to New Light.