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Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents “Journey to the West” November 10 - 19

Oddfellows Playhouse Teen Repertory Company presents Mary Zimmerman’s “Journey to the West” at 7 pm on November 10 -12 and 18 - 19. All performances will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown.

“Journey to the West” is a contemporary adaptation of the classic 16th century Chinese novel of the same name. This epic journey combines comedy, adventure and satire in a moving allegory of human perseverance. Little known in the United States, “Journey to the West” is one of the greatest and most popular stories in Asian literature.

The play, which features a cast of 13 performers ages 14 - 20, is directed by Missy Burmeister. Costume Design by Christian Milik, Scenic Design by Tate Burmeister, Sound and Music by Joseph Getter, Lighting Design by Joaquina Guevara, and Properties Design by Caleb Warner.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for kids and students. “Big Heart” tickets are available for $25 for anyone who really loves and values theater and its impact on the lives of young people.Tickets are half price for members of the Chinese or Chinese-American community.

Thursday, November 10 is a “Pay-What-You-Can” Preview, and the November 11 performance will be followed by a Talkback with the cast and director moderated by Wesleyan University Visiting Professor of East Asian Studies Dr. Allison Bernard. Dr. Bernard will also be delivering a public talk on “Journey to the West” at Russell Library on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 pm, supported by CT Humanities. The talk is free and open to the public.

For tickets, or more information, call (860) 347-6143, email, or go to

Journey to the West is made possible thanks to support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD; The Fund for Greater Hartford; American Savings Foundation; State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention); Middletown Youth Services Bureau; City of Middletown; CT Humanities; Community Foundation of Middlesex County; Middlesex United Way; Middletown Commission on the Arts; Thomas J. Atkins Foundation; CHEFA Cultural Relief Grant; New England Foundation for the Arts/New England Arts Resilience Fund; George & Grace Long Foundation; Liberty Bank Foundation; many generous individual donors; and you, supporting youth arts in Connecticut by purchasing a ticket for this performance.


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