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Acting Homer: A Staged Reading of the Odyssey

Date:November 20, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Location:Auditorium, Earl Hall, Morningside Campus

Contact:For further information regarding this event, please contact Columbia University by sending email to or by calling 212-851-9275.

"Acting Homer" will give audiences an opportunity to hear and see actors’ readings of key passages from the Odyssey, which originally involved intricate oral recitation and song. Hearing the word performed by actors in the gallery ringed by Romare Bearden’s paintings based on the epic raises the question of what happens to literature on a page when it is linked with visual art that includes the sounds and sights of the theater?

Program Participants:
Devyn Tyler is an actress, a Francophile, and an aspiring scholar. She graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a French and Francophone Studies. She has been trained in theater and film and has been acting professionally since the age of 8. Her latest film credit is the role of Margaret Northup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Her research interests include the francophone diaspora, free people of color in New Orleans in the 19th century, and the relationship between Louisiana and France.

Ty Jones is a writer and actor. He recently starred as Msgt. Jim Sweet in REDACTED, a feature by Brian DePalma. “Witty, powerful, charming and sexy" are just few of the many sentiments expressed about this forceful fixture on the New York acting scene. Jones appeared as Archibald in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's revival of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production, The Blacks: A Clown Show, for which he won an OBIE Award. His Broadway debut was in the role of Lt. Byers in Judgment at Nuremberg. He was seen in the Tony Award-Winning production of Henry IV with Ethan Hawke and Kevin Kline. He was recently in Julius Caesar, with Denzel Washington; directed by Tony-Award winner, Daniel Sullivan. Notable credits include: Macbeth - (Audelco Nomination Best Actor); Menalaus in Trojan Women (Audelco Nomination Best Supporting Actor); Sweet Daddy in Ain't Supposed to Die... (Audelco Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Musical)– All at the award-winning Classical Theatre of Harlem. Others include: Hamlet - American Shakespeare Theatre Company (Sundance); Paul in Six Degrees of Separation - Baltimore Center Stage/MSC and Cory in Fences - Guthrie. Film credits include: Heaven's Fall -– with Timothy Hutton and Anthony Mackie; Kiss it up to God -– Winner at Cannes, UrbanWorld, Imagination and First Run Film Festivals. He also starred in Kairos, a short feature by award-winning director Shanti Thakur. Mr. Jones has stage, film and literary projects in the works. Emancipation, a screenplay based on the 1831 Nat Turner Rebellion, was selected in the following: Sundance Feature Film Institute – Finalist, San Francisco Black Film Festival – Winner, Southern Poverty Law Center – Endorsement, Writer's Digest, American Screenwriters Association - Honorable Merit. Its theatrical adaptation was part of the Labyrinth Theatre Company's workshop reading series and will premiere at the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Mr. Jones produced the Off-Broadway hit, CREATION: A Clown Show starring Lucas Caleb Rooney and directed by Orlando Pabotoy. Mr. Jones received his MFA from the University of Delaware and was named "One of 25 to Watch in 2006" in TIME OUT NY Magazine.

Richard Habersham was born on April 28, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Do the Right Thing (1989), The Long Walk Home (1990) and The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez (1991).

Sean Patrick Thomas was born on December 17, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Save the Last Dance (2001), The Fountain (2006) and Cruel Intentions (1999). He has been married to Aonika Laurent since April 22, 2006. They have two children.

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