If you were fortunate enough to see the Shotgun Players’ production of “In The Wound” earlier this year at John Hinkel Park, you’ll be looking forward to the second part of what the Berkeley theater group calls The Salt Plays. “Of The Earth”, which opens this week on December 2, continues the chronicle of Odysseus, “the most famous war story ever told”.

As Shotgun puts it: “Now this soldier’s journey home begins. Demons stand between him and his family, monsters of the past, present and future. Finishing the percussive story that began earlier in the season, this second piece tears apart man’s concept of himself, and offers a journey of the traumatized mind through to the brilliance and beauty of destiny.”

Watch the video above for a taste of the production, which is written and directed by Jon Tracy, and will be performed at The Ashby Stage through January 16.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...