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Specialty Nights

  • Discussion Nights March 19 & April 10, 2024
  • Pride Night April 5, 2024
  • Masks Required March 19, 7:30PM & April 7, 2PM



DC Premiere

March 5 – April 28, 2024


If we’re going to talk about the Trojan War, we need a drink.

Penelope, the wife of Odysseus, is fed up and has some things she wants to say. With glass of bourbon in hand, she takes the microphone to chronicle those twenty years waiting on the small island kingdom of Ithaca.

With soulful music, this witty and thoughtful musical flips the script on the dutiful wife, as Penelope steps out of the background to claim her time in the spotlight.

Flip through the Penelope Program

Click the arrows to turn the pages, and click the box in the bottom right corner to view in full screen.

Running time is approximately 70 minutes, no intermission.

This show is recommended for teens and up, has mild adult language, and will use theatrical haze. Click here for more detailed content warnings.


    SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative is a partnership with the Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation to produce new works by women playwrights with women directors.

    New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan

    Additional Support from Penelope Bourbon

    Penelope Bourbon logo

  • The world premiere of Penelope was originally produced by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY. Davis McCallum, Artistic Director / Kendra Ekelund, Managing Director.

    Penelope was developed, in part, through the Founders’ Club Residency as part of the Orchard Project, Ari Edelson, Artistic Director

  • Show art does not necessarily reflect production casting.
    Photo by Christopher Mueller. Model: Rebecca Ballinger