Theatre: ‘The Serpent’ – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… express[es] emotions, ideas and more in unconventional ways…

‘The Serpent’ is an exploration of the origins and making of the myths and communal rituals humans have always used in their attempts to make sense of events, struggles, and catastrophes from ancient to contemporary times. 

Award-winning director Ron Sossi and a multi-talented ensemble have created a collage of iconic, archetypal personas making up the spectacle of history, from creation to the present day. The entire experience is an exuberant, energetic, living sculpture-in-time.

The Hollywood Times
“IMPRESSIVE… AMBITIOUS… a very disciplined staging… The energetic, harmonious ensemble perform seamlessly.” — Jim Gilles, The Hollywood Times

Total Theater
FOUR STARS… complex and challenging… packed with humor and sex… imaginative and dazzling stagecraft.” — Will Manus, Total Theater

Los Angeles Times
REVEAL[s] NEW HORIZONS… It’s heartening to witness this sampling of a theatrical tradition so at odds with today’s commercial zeitgeist.” — Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Hollywood Progressive
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… express[es] emotions, ideas and more in unconventional ways… [Ron] Sossi admirably helms The Serpent’s ensemble, which at times meshes into a single, organic organism.”— Ed Rampell, Hollywood Progressive

LA Theatre Bites
INVENTIVE AND BOLD… the ensemble does a magnificent job… a demonstration of the power actors and performances can hold over an audience… entertaining and fascinating to watch.” — Matthew Robinson, LA Theatre Bites

Angeles Stage
SMOOTH AND SUPPLE… serves to memorialize the memory of van Itallie.” — Don Shirley, Angeles Stage

Written by Jean-Claude van Itallie
Directed by  Ron Sossi
Produced by Ron Sossi in association with Isabel and Harvey Kibel

Costume Designers Denise Blasor &  Josh La Cour
Lighting Designer Chu-Hsuan Chang
Sound Designer Christoper Moscatiello
Video Designer Diana Cignoni
Choreographer Kate Coleman
Fight Choreographer Joseph Gilbert & Peyton Young
Set Consultant Stephanie Kerley Schwartz
Assistant Director Elana Luo
Stage Manager Jacob Price

Joseph GilbertJFK, Cain, Serpent, Ensemble

Avery Dresel-Kurtz, Joseph Gilbert, Elin Hampton, Tomoko Karina, Kristina Ladegaard, C.J. O’Toole, Ian Stewart Riley, Carla Valentine, Atiya Walcott, Raymond Watanga, Terry Woodberry, Peyton Young

The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to

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