Theatre Department presents The Bending of the Bow

First production of the season is based on Homer's THE ODYSSEY

2012 Bending of the Bow

Date posted: October 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE –The Bending of the Bow, the first production in the Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department’s season, opens Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m.

Using Neil Curry's 1993 version of the final culminating events of Odysseus' return to Ithaca, a 16-member ensemble of Wisconsin Lutheran College students will present an original theatrical production.

After ten years at war in Troy and a ten-year journey home, Odysseus finally reaches his homeland only to find life there in disarray. While his queen, Penelope, has remained faithful, 108 "suitors" are living and feasting at her expense - all with the assumption that Odysseus is dead.

Penelope finally succumbs to allowing a competition for her hand - the bending of the cherished bow of Odysseus then using it to shoot an arrow through twelve axes. Unable to reveal himself and face the mob head on, it appears that the final steps of Odysseus' journey home may be the most difficult of them all.

The Bending of the Bow is directed by Jay Sierszyn, associate professor of theatre. Performances on November 2-3 and 8-10 will be at 8 p.m. The performance on Sunday, November 4 will be at 3 p.m.

On November 8, the audience is invited to a post-play talkback with author Neil Curry in the Raabe Theatre.

All performances take place in the Center for Arts and Performance Raabe Theatre, 8815 West Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for students. For more information or to order tickets, call the Box Office at 414.443.8802 or visit

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