|Theatre Production of "Metamorphoses" Challenges Cast
February 17, 2012
Davidson's Theater Department presents Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman's Tony Award-winning Broadway play based on Ovid's Greek poems about permanence, change, and the human experience.
The show will run in The Barber Theatre of the Cunningham Theatre Center, February 22-25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for faculty, staff, and seniors, and $4 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 704-894-2135 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, or online at www.davidson.edu/tickets. The play is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Metamorphoses is a series of vignettes woven together which explore the complexities of relationships and what it means to be human. The play premiered at Northwestern University in 1996. In 2001 it opened on Broadway, where it played for 11 months and 400 performances. In 2002 Metamorphoses won the Tony Award for "Best Play."
"Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of putting on Zimmerman's production was reenacting the notion of rebirth through water," remarked Professor of Theater Joe Gardner, director of the Davidson production. Water is a central image in the piece that is created, in Gardner's production, through the use of lighting, sound, and scenic design as well as choreography.
Gardner also said his handful of cast members are challenged to play multiple roles, and to portray a wide range of emotions as their characters transform into new beings.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance, Alison Bory, collaborated with Gardner to help performers communicate emotion not only through dialog but also through dance-like movement.
"Ovid's tales range from comic, almost cartoon-like, to deeply moving and mysterious," said Gardner. "But through each runs a celebration of the beauty of life. If I could describe Zimmerman's interpretation in one word, it would be luminous."
The cast includes Davidson students Connor Hubbard ‘13, Tom James ‘15, Samantha Krusi ‘13, Nick McGuire '14, Pooja Parikh '15, Brian Platter '12, Tom Polak '14, Tatum Pottenger '14, Megan Pratt '13, Ana Rodriguez '12, Brian Seo '12 and Maggie White '12. All performers take on pivotal roles at some point in the performance.
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