Metamorphoses: A Theatrical Revival of Ancient Myths
The world of theatre constantly evolves much like the tales that have been passed down through generations. In a magnificent blend of old and new, Rollins in partnership with the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company, is set to present a theatrical masterpiece, Metamorphoses, inspired by the legendary poem in 15 books, by the Roman poet Ovid. Originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, who penned and produced an early adaptation called Six Myths in 1996, Zimmerman’s finished work, Metamorphoses, which she called a “poetic bridge between myth and modernism,” was produced in 1998. Rollins is proud to present directors Nick Bazo and Thomas Ouellette, who will direct a modern production that promises to be a mesmerizing experience for audiences of all ages.
A Dive into Ancient Greek and Roman Myths
Ovid’s myths, originating from the realms of ancient Greece and Rome, have captivated audiences for millennia. They have woven stories of love, tragedy, hope, and transformation, holding a mirror to humanity’s strengths, weaknesses, and indomitable spirit. Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses reinvigorates these timeless tales, offering a fresh perspective while preserving their ancient heartbeats.
A Unique Theatrical Experience
Metamorphoses stands apart, not just in its story but in its staging. Breaking away from conventional theatre, the play is performed in and around a large onstage water pool. This unique element adds layers of depth, emotion, and symbolism to the stories, as water often represents change, rebirth, and the fluid nature of life.
Audiences will find themselves seated on three sides of this pool, drawing them closer to the performance, making them feel more immersed and connected. This arrangement blurs the lines between the stage and the spectators, enveloping everyone in the shared magic of storytelling.
The Venue: Sally K. Albrecht Studio Theatre, Tiedtke Theatre and Dance Centre
The play’s choice of venue is equally noteworthy. Metamorphoses will be the very first production to grace the stage of the Sally K. Albrecht Studio Theatre, nestled within the brand-new Tiedtke Theatre and Dance Centre. It is a momentous occasion, marking the beginning of countless stories that will be told, sung, and danced in this space.
The modern, state-of-the-art design of the Sally K. Albrecht Studio Theatre, coupled with the intimacy of its settings, makes it the perfect canvas for Metamorphoses. Here, every splash of water, every sigh of the actors, and every gasp of the audience will echo and amplify, creating a symphony of emotions.
The Creative Minds Behind the Curtain
Driving this production are the visionary directors, Nick Bazo and Thomas Ouellette. Their combined expertise, passion, and dedication bring Ovid’s myths to life in ways one could only dream of. While Mary Zimmerman laid down the path with her transformative adaptation, Bazo and Ouellette have taken the baton, directing the performance with a finesse that promises to be both evocative and memorable.
“I am extremely honored to work with our apprentices on this spectacular show and the fact that I get to do it at my alma mater is an icing on the cake.”
Why Metamorphoses Matters Today
At its core, Metamorphoses is about change – the ever-evolving nature of life and human experience. In today’s rapidly shifting world, these tales resonate more than ever. They remind us of our roots, our shared histories, and the timeless lessons that have been handed down from generation to generation.
As audiences watch gods, mortals, and mythical creatures navigate love, loss, and transformation, they will undoubtedly see reflections of their struggles, dreams, and aspirations. Perhaps, as they leave the theatre, they will be inspired to embrace the metamorphoses in their own lives, finding beauty and strength in change.
Rollins, in partnership with the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company, invites everyone to embark on an incredible and transformative journey with its presentation of Metamorphoses. As the water ripples and stories unfold in the Sally K. Albrecht Studio Theatre, spectators will not just witness but become a part of a grand theatrical tapestry that links the past, present, and future with a journey through time, art, and the vast landscapes of human emotion.
This play serves as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the ways in which theatre can bridge centuries, cultures, and hearts. As the myths of Ovid undergo their Metamorphoses on stage, the audience too might find themselves transformed, emerging with a renewed appreciation for the world of theatre and the timeless tales that shape our human experience.
Metamorphoses Performance Dates & Times:
Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 4 at 7:30pm (ASL interpreted performance)
Sunday, November 5 at 4pm (talkback immediately following)
Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 10 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12 at 4pm
Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30pm
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm (talkback immediately following)
Friday, November 17 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18 at 2pm
Saturday, November 18 at 7:30pm
To buy tickets: Metamorphoses Tickets
To learn more about the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company: William Daniel Mills Theatre Company
Rollins and the William Daniel Mills Theatre Company look forward to seeing you at the inaugural performances at the Sally K. Albrecht Studio Theatre of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, directed by Nick Bazo and Thomas Ouellette.
Content warning: Metamorphoses contains sexual themes and other mature content.