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STAGE TUBE: D.R.E.A.M. Ring and The Marching Cobras Featured in Public Works' THE ODYSSEY


This weekend director Lear deBessonet and composer Todd Almond's adaptaion of Homer's The Odyssey marks the third year the Public Theater's Public Works hits Central Park's Delacorte Theater with a brand new musical spectacular based on a classic piece of literature, mixing the talents of a handful of Equity actors with performing arts groups and community organizations from throughout New York's five boroughs.

In the last of a three part series, BroadwayWorld provides video introductions for two of the groups who will be featured in cameo performances. Click here for part one. Click here for part two.

The D.R.E.A.M. Ring (DANCE RULES EVERYTHING AROUND ME) strives to provide quality competitions that honor the culture of the Brooklyn community, encourage artistic and character development and provide youth with a safe environment to express their artistry.

The Mission of Cobra Performing Arts, Inc. is to enrich lives of youth by providing opportunities for artistic expression and leadership development through music, marching band, step, dance, and much more.

Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s-known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement-this final work in deBessonet and Almond's grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works' signature blend of professional actors, community members and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home-no matter where fate may lead you.

THE ODYSSEY will feature cameo group performances by The Bobby Lewis Ensemble; The D.R.E.A.M. Ring;Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II; The Marching Cobras; The New York Youth Symphony; and TADA! Youth Theater. The five Public Works community partner organizations are Children's Aid Society (Manhattan); DreamYard Project (Bronx); Fortune Society (Queens);Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn); and Domestic Workers United(all boroughs, including Staten Island).

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