October 23 – December 12, 2021
by Jean-Claude van Itallie
Jean-Claude van Itallie’s ceremonial play, developed in the late 1960s with the visionary Open Theatre, juxtaposes scenes from the Bible’s Book of Genesis with various modern experiences. Images of the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve taking a bite from the forbidden fruit might occur alongside modern experiences, like Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
The Serpent is an exploration of the origins and making of the myths and communal rituals humans have always used in their attempts to make sense of events, struggles, and catastrophes from ancient to contemporary times.
Award-winning director Ron Sossi and a multi-talented ensemble have created a collage of iconic, archetypal personas making up the spectacle of history, from creation to the present day. The entire experience is an exuberant, energetic, living sculpture-in-time.
“FASCINATING TO BEHOLD… Brilliantly directed by Ron Sossi, this superb ensemble is everything an audience could wish for. This is a don’t-miss show, so don’t miss it!”
“ICONIC… Sossi’s young cast impressively approaches the same energy that the original cast exhibited… Celebrate fifty years of dedication to ‘important’ theatre at The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble… Well done!”
“The ensemble cast of 13 proves to be a nimble, exuberant, energetic group of multi-talented actors who clearly “get” the message which THE SERPENT was meant to deliver”
“INVENTIVE AND BOLD… the ensemble does a magnificent job… a demonstration of the power actors and performances can hold over an audience… entertaining and fascinating to watch.”
“DARING… express[es] emotions, ideas and more in unconventional ways… [Ron] Sossi admirably helms The Serpent’s ensemble, which at times meshes into a single, organic organism.”
“FOUR STARS… complex and challenging… packed with humor and sex… imaginative and dazzling stagecraft.”
“IMPRESSIVE… AMBITIOUS… a very disciplined staging… The energetic, harmonious ensemble perform seamlessly.”
Credits / Cast / Crew
Costume Designers Denise Blasor & Josh La Cour
Lighting Designer Chu-Hsuan Chang
Sound Designer Christoper Moscatiello
Video Designer Diana Cignoni
Choreographer Kate Coleman
Fight Choreographer Joseph Gilbert & Peyton Young
Set Consultant Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Assistant Director Elana Luo
Stage Manager Jacob Price