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Jackson’s New Stage Theater Reading of Circe, in a live program of astronomical wonders celebrating Eudora Welty’s lifelong inspiration from the sky.
The man who got away haunts Circe, Eudora Welty’s only story set in ancient Greece. Welty reimagines an episode of the Odyssey with a lovesick witch who reads the stars in the sky like a book – and talks directly to the constellations and the moon. Odysseus is the man who got away from her, by sailing away – and dying. Since Circe is immortal she can never join him in the underworld, though he can listen to her from there after he dies. As part of the Biennial satellite events, Jackson, Mississippi’s New Stage Theater presents a staged reading inside the dome of the Russell B. Davis Planetarium. The adaptation, with music, splits the central role into three; Circe’s Pride, Circe’s Power, and Circe’s Remembering. Odysseus himself comments from the fields of the dead. On the dome of the planetarium the constellations rise and fall and spin.