Oakland playwright adapts "The Odyssey" for Cal Shakes

Those who think they need to travel to San Francisco for their theater fix, think again. Take a ride through the tunnel (the Berkeley Hills Tunnel that is), and you'll find Orinda's California Shakespeare Theater. Next month, see the West Coast premiere of "black odyssey" written by Oakland native Marcus Gardley and directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting. 

The play offers a twist on Homer's epic, combining Greek mythology and African-American folklore. Gardley is known for "The House That Will Not Stand," which premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and garnered rave reviews. The play opens Aug. 9 and runs through Sept. 3. 

Set in Oakland, the play centers around American soldier Ulysses Lincoln as he struggles to find his way home to his wife and son.

The theater is outdoors, so remember to bring warm clothes. Make a day out of it and pack a picnic to enjoy beforehand. Read all of our tips for visiting the Bruns here

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