Odysella (pronounced Odd-Is-Ella) is a futuristic tale about two young people, Odysella, a 23rd century farm girl thrust into her destiny as an intergalactic leader and War B, a handsome rapper from Chicago whose group, Floss Angeles is in the midst of a comeback tour, but ends up involved in a military mission with Odysella to save her planet of Nar from a coup that could turn the peaceful planet into a place of chaos. Odysella brings the past of hip-hop and politics slamming into the future much like a deadly asteroid. The exception is Odysella and War B find a positive way to blend their odd and very different backgrounds. Odysella is a unique tale for all ages.

“Odysella” grew from the question, “What if the violence against young people is not just global, but intergalactic? And how would hip hop fit in the future since critics thought it would die decades ago? The rest of “Odysella” will unfold over the next two years with increasing story length.


Shirley Hardy-Leonard resides in suburban Chicago and has written 19 stage plays, most having been produced at different venues around the country. “Odysella is her first book. She is proud her biggest fans remain her late husband Bill and son David. Shirley shared a Chicago Emmy for “Crime of Innocence,” a drama based on the Emmett Till Murder for Chicago NBC-tv, was a Disney Fellow, working at Touchstone Pictures in Hollywood, won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and an NAACP Theatre Award. Her last play, “Miss Dessa” was performed at the Chicago Theatre Company, Marla Gibbs’ Crossroads Theatre in L.A, the Illusion Theatre in Minneapolis, Kuntu Rep in Pittsburgh and the play was optioned by Paramount Pictures. Although that production was never completed, it was a great honor for “Miss Dessa’s creator.”

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