ODUArts: Performance & Panel Discussion on Refugee Experience

A classic hero’s journey based on Homer’s The Odyssey, Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) evokes our common, primal longing for home and reimagines Odysseus’ fantastic journey as a contemporary immigrant’s experience of being lost in America.

Starting October 17 and running through October 28, the Theatre program will be performing Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka, which adapts Homer’s Odyssey as a contemporary commentary on immigration. The play is directed by Katherine Hammond. There are both evening and weekend matinee performances. It will be at the Goode Theatre. Evening performances start at 7:30 PM and weekend matinees at 2:30 PM.

Before the October 18 show, which starts at 7:30 PM, we are hosting a panel discussion from 6:15-7:15 PM with scholars and activists working on refugee-related efforts in the Tidewater Area. Confirmed participants include Dr. Jennifer Fish (Chair of Women’s Studies), Dr. Regina Karp (director of Interna- tional Studies), and Debra Sewe of Catholic Charities. I have also invited Immigration attorney Radlyn Men- doza as well as asked Norfolk City Council Woman Andria McClellan to moderate.