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The Penelopiad

By Margaret Atwood
Directed by Dragana Varagic


  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 8:00pm
  • Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:00pm

In Homer’s account in The Odyssey, Penelope--wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy--is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for twenty years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca, bring up her wayward son, and keep over a hundred suitors at bay, simultaneously. When Odysseus finally comes home after enduring hardships, overcoming monsters and sleeping with goddesses, he kills her suitors and--curiously--twelve of her maids. In a splendid contemporary twist to the ancient story, Margaret Atwood has chosen to give the telling of it to Penelope and to her twelve hanged Maids, asking: "What led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?" In Atwood’s dazzling, playful retelling, the story becomes as wise and compassionate as it is haunting, and as wildly entertaining as it is disturbing. With wit and verve, drawing on the storytelling and poetic talent for which she herself is renowned, she gives Penelope new life and reality--and sets out to provide an answer to an ancient mystery.

Please be advised this performance contains:
Scenes of Violence 
Scenes of Sexual Violence 
Mature Themes 

Ticket Prices:

$20 - General
$15 - Student/Senior

Tickets are available at the School of Performance Box Office and Online at

* Online Ticket Fees: A $2.50 service fee per ticket will be charged. 

Box Office

School of Performance
345 Yonge St
Toronto, Ontario
M5M 3G5


Location / Venue

Ryerson Theatre
43 Gerrard St. E
M5B 2K3 Toronto , ON