'Metamorphoses' Splashes Down at UH for Houston Premiere

Audiences are still drawn to ancient Greek mythology. More often than not, the tales surrounding larger-than-life gods and flawed mortals remain quite relevant to contemporary culture.

Playwright Mary Zimmerman brought a collection of these stories to the stage in the award-winning “Metamorphoses.” What started as a university production at Northwestern University ultimately became a Broadway hit. With an actual pool of water serving as the play’s setting, “Metamorphoses” was lauded for its distinctive stage presence. Now, the University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance brings this ambitious…and aquatic…play to Houston.

“Metamorphoses” performances are at 8 p.m., Nov. 13 – 15, 18 – 22 and 2 p.m., Nov. 16 and 23 in UH’s Jose Quintero Theatre.

Set in and around a pool, “Metamorphoses” takes its cues directly from Ovid’s epic poem that recounts the exploits of gods and heroes. Among those featured in “Metamorphoses” are the eternal romance of Ceyx and Alcyone; the ill-fated marriage of Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Midas’ hard lesson in greed. Also featured is a comical update on Apollo’s son, Phaeton, wanting to take dad’s flaming chariot for a spin.

“This is a very unique performance,” said Jack Young, the play’s director and UH professor of theatre. “The stories, however, are very familiar to audiences. Even for those who aren’t versed in Greek mythology, the themes are extremely recognizable.”

Tickets for “Metamorphoses” are $20 for general admission; $15 for UH alumni, faculty and staff; and $10 for students. Tickets can be reserved or purchased by calling 713-743-2929.

WHAT: “Metamorphoses”
WHEN: 8 p.m., Nov. 13 – 15, 18 – 22 and 2 p.m., Nov. 16 and 23
WHERE: Jose Quintero Theatre
in UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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WHO: The University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance