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'I'm not the star,' insists Broadway's Terence Archie in THE ODYSSEY at Artpark


"I'm not the star," insists Broadway's Terence Archie in THE ODYSSEY at Artpark. In a conversation with Peter Hall, co-host of Theater Talk on WBFO, Archie makes it clear that it's the huge cast of local actors and musicians, professional and amateur, that give the show its appeal.

THE ODYSSEY is a theatrical celebration for the whole family adapted from Homer's epic about the 20 years Odysseus spent trying to get back home after the Trojan War.

Broadway stars, regional actors, students, regional performance groups and community members will join onstage in an unprecedented area effort of theater of, for, and by the people. Performances are Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. and August 5 at 1 p.m. in the Artpark Mainstage Theater.

Tickets are $25 and on sale now at artpark.net, tickets.com, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or in person at the Artpark Box Office.

THE ODYSSEY, inspired by Homer, was conceived and directed by Lear DeBessonet, with book, music and lyrics by Todd Almond and was originally commissioned and produced by New York’s The Public Theatre and San Diego's The Old Globe.

Artpark’s production is led by director Roger Danforth along with an accomplished professional production team and stars: Broadway’s Terence Archie as Odysseus; Courtney Balan as Penelope / Circe; Christopher Guilmet as The Singer; and noted mime Gregg Goldston as Cyclops, wearing a costume made by Buffalo puppeteer Adam Kreutinger.

WNED|WBFO's Peter Hall spoke with Terence Archie who plays Odysseus.

Even though "semi-retired," Peter Hall continues to wear many hats. He is the Sunday afternoon host on WBFO’s “sister station,” Classical 94.5 / WNED where he has produced over 1,000 radio interviews with musical artists. If you see him at a theater with a pen in his hand, he’s probably getting ready to co-host “Theater Talk” with Anthony Chase (heard Friday mornings at 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. on WBFO) or to write a review for www.buffalorising.com. He is also a member of the "Artie Awards" committee (think “Tony Awards for Buffalo theaters”).