John Bixler (CRT's "Guys and Dolls") and Jan Radcliff (numerous roles at Michigan's Purple Ropse Theatre) are the Equity actors joining "Guiding Light" star Kim Zimmer in the regional premiere of "Odysses D.O.A.," written and directed by Stephen Svoboda at the Nafe Katter Theatre on the UConn campus in Storrs.
The Connecticut Repertory Theatre production runs Feb. 23 to March 4.
The cast also includes MFA actor Anthony Goes, as well as BFA actors Will Graziano, Shane Tyler Harris, Darrell Hollens, Briana Maia, Coles Prince, Maggie Sulka, and Desmond Thorne.
Svoboda is currently the executive director for The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y and the Red House Arts Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
Previously, he was the Head of the B.F.A. program in Directing and Playwriting in the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Miami and the artistic director of Miami’s Fresco Productions.
The play is described as telling the story of "Elliot Hayes, a 30 year-old man who got AIDS from his first and only love while an undergraduate at Columbia. When he discovered he was ill, Elliot returned home to seclusion with his mother, shutting out the world.
"The story begins after 10 years have passed and Mrs. Hayes has admitted Elliot into the hospital because his verbal ability has rapidly deteriorated. Elliot is diagnosed with brain lesions and given just days to live. In his final days at the hospital, Elliot switches between reality and waking dreams in which he becomes the legendary Odysseus and the patients and staff in the AIDS ward become his crew who he strives to lead home from the Trojan War. In his Homeric delusions he encounters monsters, sorceresses and many other colorful and fantastic characters from The Odyssey as Elliot faces his fate with courage and meaning."
His play Odysseus Died from AIDS (original title), was developed in Miami and received its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival, where the production was awarded “Best Ensemble.”
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