Odyssey on Alma

   Odyssey on Alma program

“Rollin’ down to Ithaka me boys, rollin’ down to Ithaka”

In autumn 2011, in partnership with San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, We Players shared episodes of the classic sea story The Odyssey aboard the park’s 1891 scow schooner AlmaAlma’s broad, sturdy deck evoked Odysseus’ sleek black triremes, and carried us around the bay as we spun yarns of the unlucky sailor’s travels, exploration, and homecoming.

Each performance took place during a three-hour sail on San Francisco Bay, as the cast and crew wove real-time line handling with Homer’s stirring account of weary seafarers striking sail for home.

ODYSSEY on ALMA by Homer

(adapted by Ava Roy from Robert Fagels’ translation)

Production Credits

Swing-aboard Rippington: Charlie Gurke
Tipmast Pinetar: Alison Hanson
Briny Jack Breakwater: Rebecca Longworth
Sparwood Bluewater: Geoffrey Nolan
Seareach, son of the Launching Master: Ava Roy
Bordalee Pullerman: Ross Travis
The Sirens: Cara Ziesloft & Maggie Ballard

Alcinoos, King and admiration of men: Captain Jason Rucker 
Seabelt, son of Grandfleet Shipwrightson: First Mate Alice Watts
……The Hands
Gollywobbler, mischevious imp: Tom Hunt
Laodamas Tiderace: Tom McCall
Skipyjack Tarheel: Jeff Rogers

…..(in order of appearance)
The Cyclops’ great eye: Jared Gutekunst
The House of the Dead: Monica Lundy & Jessie Thatcher
Sea Perils: Bob Watts

Director: Ava Roy
Producers: Lauren Chavez & Ava Roy
Costume Designer: Ava Roy
Composer & Musician: Charlie Gurke
Lead Audience Guides: Lauren D. Chavez & Lauren Matley
Stage Manager: Laraine Gurke
Production Intern: Antonia Gomez
Photographers: Mark Kitaoka & Tracy Martin
Poster & Postcard Graphic Design: Amy Hosa
Program Design: Tony Mesler

……..  Location: The Alma, a flat-bottomed scow schooner built in 1891
……….Dates: Autumn 2011

Articles & Reviews

SF Weekly, September 28,2011 
The Scuttlefish, October 18, 2011