Anon(ymous)

Play

Writers: Naomi Iizuka

Overview

Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
The Odyssey
Category
Play
Number of Acts
1
First Produced
2006
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Fantasy/Imaginary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
United States of America, Various Places, Now (Present), at sea
Cast Size
large
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)/Children's
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes early teen, late teen, adult, mature adult, child, young adult, elderly characters

Synopsis

Anon, a young refugee from a faraway land, travels the country, searching for some semblance of home, and the mother from whom he was separated long ago. Nemasani, a bereaved mother, hope gone, sews her son’s shroud: unraveling at night, and sewing again during the day, putting off a marriage to the sleazy sweatshop boss she detests by refusing to finish her sacred sewing project. Between the two lies the vast and terrifying United States of America, filled with murderous one-eyed butchers, deceptively alluring dive bars, drugged-out Shadows dreaming their lives away, and the constant threat of the authorities -- but also, unexpected friendship, unlooked-for serendipity, and supernatural aid. Watched over by the goddess Naja, supported by a tragic and poetic Chorus of Refugees, Anon must keep his wits about him, trust in his memory, and tell his story, before he can find his mother. Naomi Iizuka’s brutal and beautiful play Anon(ymous), a powerful retelling of Homer’s epic Odyssey, explores ancient themes of identity, coming-of-age, and the shifting nature of home, in the face of displacement. This visually and verbally stunning script is the perfect vehicle for a large cast of multi-generational, diverse performers.

Lead Characters