Cultural Affairs/ Distinguished Lecture Series
Project Abstract/ Summary
Metamarphosis is play by director þlay wright Mary Zimmernan that is based on Ovid's poem Metamorphoses. It describes the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar. "Of the many stories told in Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, only the introductory "Cosmogony" and the tale of Phaeton are from the first half of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The story of Eros and Psyche ls not a part of Ovids Metamorphoses; it is from Lucius Apuleius' novel Metamorphoses - also called The Golden ls.s-and was included in Zimmerman's Metamorphoses because, as Zimmerman said in an interview with Bill Moyers of PBS NOW, "I love it so much I just had to put it in." (Wikipedia). This classical material is ideal for our students and audiences, and will provide much educational values with the Honors College, English, and the Classics and Modern Language departments. The series of non-linear episodes of classic characters is staged in a pool of water. We plan on creating a pool on the Hauck Stage and presenting the piece as it was meant to be,
School of Performing Arts, "Performance, Metamorphoses, by Mary Zimmerman" (2013). Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series. 313.