The New York City-based Aquila Theatre Company is returning to Purdue for a two-show residency in mid-October, according to a press release.

The first show, a production of Homer's "Odyssey," will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. Their performance of "The Odyssey," a narrative of the decade-long return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, follows an ancient bardic tradition translated to a stage setting. A presentation by Mike Johnston, an associate professor of English, will precede the show.

Following the performance of "The Odyssey," Aquila Theatre Company will perform an adaptation of George Orwell's "1984" at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16—17 in Loeb Playhouse. This adaptation of Orwell's novel explores the life of everyman Winston Smith under a totalitarian surveillance state. A preshow discussion by assistant professor of political science Swati Srivastava is schedule for 6:30 p.m. in STEW 310.

Tickets for both performances are $28 for adults, and $22 for children 18 years old and younger, Purdue and Ivy Tech students. Tickets may be purchased at the Stewart Center box office.

Aquila Theatre Company's residence is a program of Purdue Convocations.

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