Puerto Rican Playwright Adapts Homer's Odyssey into Musical 'EPIC'

Jorge Rivera-Herrans creates a musical adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, titled "EPIC", divided into five sagas. The musical follows Odysseus' journey, featuring a range of genres, and will release additional sagas in 2025.

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Puerto Rican Playwright Adapts Homer's Odyssey into Musical 'EPIC'

Puerto Rican Playwright Adapts Homer's Odyssey into Musical 'EPIC'

Jorge Rivera-Herrans, a talented Puerto Rican actor, composer, playwright, and lyricist from Dorado, has created a captivating musical adaptation of Homer's classic epic, the Odyssey. Titled 'EPIC,' Rivera-Herrans' work is a loose adaptation divided into five sagas, with more to come in 2025. The musical is currently available for streaming on popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.

The five sagas in 'EPIC' take listeners on a thrilling journey alongside Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, as he navigates the treacherous seas and faces numerous challenges on his quest to return home after the Trojan War. The first saga, 'The Troy Saga,' introduces Odysseus as a victorious leader who sets sail with his crew, confronting moral dilemmas and precarious situations along the way.

As the story unfolds, Odysseus and his crew encounter the bloodthirsty Cyclops Polyphemus in 'The Cyclops Saga,' attempting to bargain with the creature before ultimately blinding it and sparing its life. In 'The Ocean Saga,' the crew faces a relentless storm and a mysterious floating island in the sky, receiving a gift from the wind god Aeolus, only to be blown off course to the land of the giants.

The fourth saga, 'The Circe Saga,' finds Odysseus' ship washed up on Circe's island, where his men are cursed and transformed into pigs. Confronting Circe, Odysseus is advised to seek the guidance of the prophet Tireisas in the Underworld. In the final saga, 'The Underworld Saga,' Odysseus grapples with guilt and grief over his decisions and the loss of his crew members. The prophet Tireisas reveals that bloodshed will continue to haunt Odysseus until his dying breath, and a new king is destined to claim his throne and wife.

Rivera-Herrans' musical style in 'EPIC' is both theatrical and accessible, featuring a diverse range of genres from R&B-inspired beats to fully orchestrated ballads. The catchy and engaging sagas appeal to a wide audience, showcasing the playwright's ability to adapt a timeless classic for modern listeners.

In the gripping final track of the musical, Odysseus makes a fateful decision, as Rivera-Herrans explains: "If it means that this will guarantee the lives of his wife and child to be spared, he'll do whatever has to be done to ensure that. He will no longer show mercy towards his enemies." With more sagas set to be released in 2025, 'EPIC' promises to continue captivating audiences with its fresh take on Homer's enduring tale of adventure, perseverance, and the indomitable human spirit.

Key Takeaways

  • Jorge Rivera-Herrans creates a musical adaptation of Homer's Odyssey, titled "EPIC", divided into 5 sagas.
  • The musical is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
  • The 5 sagas follow Odysseus' journey home after the Trojan War, facing challenges and moral dilemmas.
  • Rivera-Herrans' musical style is theatrical and accessible, featuring diverse genres.
  • More sagas will be released in 2025, continuing the captivating story of adventure and perseverance.