The Ballard High School theater program is bringing their first performance of the year to a whole new level: they’re taking on Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-award winning Metamorphoses, in which the actors will be in and out of an onstage pool for the whole performance. Directed by Chelsea DuVall, the play consists of 10 acts, and is based on Ovid’s 15-volume work of Greek transformation myths.
From Ballard High School Playmakers:
“Positioned in and around a large pool of water on the stage, 12 characters will enact adaptations of Ovid’s talks. Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image through meditations on creation, life, mortality, love, loss, human desire, spirituality and science (to name a few). Adapted from the classic Ovid poem, Metamorphoses, this play is staged in a series of vignettes that revisit the mythic tales of the likes of Midas, Hermes, Aphrodite, Orpheus and Eurydice. The tone of the drama likewise echoes the themes of change and contrast, from the humor of Phaeton’s therapy session to the tragedy of Midas and his daughter. The show promises imagery, humor, a creative score, lush costumes–and of course both splash and splash-free seating from the custom-made 12-by-24-foot pool in which the entire cast will be immersed. (Patrons in the first few rows are advised to be prepared to get a little wet!)”
Metamorphoses will be on October 12, 13, 14, 19, and 20 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St), at 7:30 p.m. curtain time with one 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are available online (orders must be placed by noon on performance day).