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It's all about the company you keep.

Our Mission

Co-Founders Arthur Bicknell and Rachel Hockett

Ithaca New York's Homecoming Players was founded by director Rachel Hockett, a daughter of Ithaca, and playwright Arthur Bicknell, a son of Ithaca, both of whom lived and worked for forty years elsewhere, in preparation for this return to their hometown in 2010. Dedicated to contributing to the conversation in our arts-rich Ithaca community, and to exploring the intersection of social justice with theatre, we are committed to collaborating with, developing, and employing local actors, directors, writers, and technicians, and to establishing a welcoming and safe environment in which to rehearse and produce an eclectic mix of classic and new plays. We collaborate, to make good art.


Constantin P. Cavafy (1863–1933)

When you set out for Ithaka

ask that your way be long,

full of adventure, full of instruction.

The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,

angry Poseidon— do not fear them:

such as these you will never find

as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare

emotion touch your spirit and your body.

The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,

angry Poseidon— you will not meet them

unless you carry them in your soul,

unless your soul raise them up before you.

Ask that your way be long.

At many a Summer dawn to enter

with what gratitude, what joy—

ports seen for the first time;

to stop at Phoenician trading centres,

and to buy good merchandise,

mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

and sensuous perfumes of every kind,

sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;

to visit many Egyptian cities,

to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.

Have Ithaka always in your mind.

Your arrival there is what you are destined for.

But don't in the least hurry the journey.

Better it last for years,

so that when you reach the island you are old,

rich with all you have gained on the way,

not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.

Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.

Without her you would not have set out.

She hasn't anything else to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn't deceived you.

So wise you have become, of such experience,

that already you'll have understood what these Ithakas mean.

Thrilled to announce our new nonprofit status!

Now all your donations to

Homecoming Players

are fully tax deductible!

Our Employer Identification Number (EIN): 46-4911203