Wading in Tense Waters: “Metamorphoses” Confronts Mythical Challenges

Miller_Jeffrey_2008_11_21_03_02_36Using an ambitious set that includes a real pool of water, Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, has directed Metamorphoses, a play by award winning playwright Mary Zimmerman that showcases a cast of ten students. Performances run April 3–5, 8–12, 2014 and tickets are available at www.gordon.edu/tickets.

The play explores the tension between the real and the transformational, the human and the mysterious, told through vignettes of classical Greek myth and drawn together by the universal need for water. Conceived by scenic designer Rick Rees, a theatre professor at Bethel University, the set also consists of Mt. Olympus and Hades while centering around the pool.

Here’s how Miller describes the play in his Director’s Note :

“We often think myth is the opposite of truth.  As many great thinkers have pointed out and as most of us know intuitively, myth is truth wrapped in story.  Since we as humans cannot consider truth as abstract concept (with our heads) at the same time we experience it fully with our senses (with our hearts), myth is a critical tool for helping us examine, understand and embrace the mystery, the fullness of our lives and choices.

Similarly we often think theatre is the opposite of reality.  But the best constructs of this performing art take us into another world where we see, feel and know better, deeper, the truth of our lives and choices.

Metamorphoses merges these two truth-bearing forms – poetically, humorously, sometimes darkly and often surprisingly. A character in our play poignantly points out, ‘Unfortunately, we give our mythic side scant attention these days.  As a result, a great deal escapes us and we no longer understand our own actions.’ This is as true today as ever.”    For a video preview of the play, click HERE.

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