Anon(ymous) (2017)


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Event Status
Oct. 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, 2017, 2 p.m.
Oct. 10, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15, 2017, 2 p.m.
Oct. 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Sam Provenzano

Based on Homer's The Odyssey, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people - some kind, some dangerous and cruel - as he searches for his family. From a sinister, one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies, to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape to find "home."

The running time for Anon(ymous) is approximately 80 minutes. There is no intermission. 

While this is a play for young audiences, it is recommended for audience members 10 years and older. 

View the Anon(ymous) playbill.


Preview: October 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: October 5 at 7:30 p.m. 
Additional Performances: October 6, 10-14 at 7:30 p.m. and October 8, 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Community Engagement Events

Patrons are invited to join the dramaturgy and community engagement staff immediately after the performances on October 12 (7:30 p.m.) and October 15 (2:00 p.m.) in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre for a brief talk-back.

Inside Look

About the Playwright

Naomi Iizuka's plays include 36 Views, Polaroid Stories, Anon(ymous), Language of Angels, Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, Tattoo Girl, Skin, At the Vanishing Point, Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West, 17 Reasons Why, Ghostwritten, Hamlet: Blood in the Brain (a collaboration with CalShakes and Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts), 3 Truths (a collaboration with Cornerstone Theater Company), War of the Worlds (a collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company) and Good Kids (the first play commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium’s New Play Initiative.) Her plays have been produced by Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Cornerstone, Intiman, Children’s Theater Company, the Kennedy Center, the Huntington Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, GeVa, Portland Center Stage, the Public Theatre, Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts, Dallas Theatre Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave Festival” and Soho Rep, among others. Her plays were included in Arena Stage’s Our War project and Baltimore Center Stage’s My America project.

lizuka is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a Rockefeller Foundation MAP grant, an NEA/TCG Artist‑in‑Residence grant, a McKnight Fellowship, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, Princeton University’s Hodder Fellowship and a Jerome Fellowship.

About the Director

Sam Provenzano spent the last 10 years in Colorado, where she earned her bachelor degree in acting. She was an actor, director and teaching artist in Denver. She is an M.F.A. candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, where she is focusing on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Museum Theatre. Her past credits at UT include directing a workshop production of al-halqa: is that how it’s pronounced? by M.F.A. playwright Drew Paryzer, assistant directing the Theatre for Dialogue piece Get Sexy. Get Consent., and assistant directing the TYA touring show Luna.


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