It was deep.
It was weird.
It was much better performed than what I expected.
It was … Anonymous.
Our first real youth play. As part of his acting class at the local theater, Braden was part of the cast of this modern tale based on the Odyssey. I’ll give you a moment to put those together in your mind.
Here’s a summary:
Separated from his mother, 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 in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.
Originally he was only meant to be the owner of the sweatshop, but the one-eyed butcher quit, so he took over that part as well.
I spliced together the clips I took of both of his parts … and I’m sharing it here for your enjoyment (I’m also not allowed to share to social media lest I incur the wrath of the 15-year-old).
Grab yo’ popcorn and have a seat ….
(also please note that the first few frames start out sideways and the rest runs correctly. amateur mom video footage here.)
What’d ya think? Academy Awards material?