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Wading in Tense Waters: Gordon College Presents Metamorphoses, a Play by Mary Zimmerman

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2014

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Peter Morse

Wenham, MA—Using an ambitious set that includes a real pool of water, Gordon’s Department of Theatre Arts presents Metamorphoses, a play by award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman. Performances will run from April 3 to 5 and April 8 to 12.

Under the direction of Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theatre arts, 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 depicts Mt. Olympus and Hades while centering around the pool.

Based on the myths of Ovid, Metamorphoses reminds contemporary audiences that myth is not something to fear but rather is necessary for understanding human experiences such as love and conflict.

“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,” Miller said. “Sometimes we also think of theatre as 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 perceptions in poetic, humorous, sometimes dark and often surprising ways.”

The cast of student actors includes David Alvarado ’14 of Bedford, NH; Drew Cleveland ’19 of Brooklin, ME; Chloe Eaton ’14 of Santa Barbara, CA; Michael Gaudio ’15 of Miller Place, NY; Dominique Gobeil ’14 of Bristol, CT; Hannah Pentico ’15 of Bonita, CA; David Popa ’15 of Jackson Heights, NY; Jessica Richmond ’15 of New Hartford, CT; Megan Sideropoulos ’14 of Abington, MA; and Hilary Webster ’15 of Raymond, NH.

Metamorphoses will be performed in the Margaret Jensen Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts, on the Gordon College campus at 255 Grapevine Road in Wenham (exit 17 from Route 128). Performances run April 3 to 5 and April 8 to 12, 2014. Tickets are available at www.gordon.edu/tickets.


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