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‘Metamorphoses’ makes a splash at Georgia Shakespeare
by Sarah Anne Voyles
svoyles@neighbornewspapers.com
July 03, 2013 10:44 AM | 2249 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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With the lights glistening off the pool water, Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” relates Ancient Greek to today’s world problems. The show runs through July 21, with productions Wednesday through Sunday and Tuesday at Georgia Shakespeare.

“Metamorphoses” centers around the questions of life. Different Greek myths – Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Narcissus interlude, Aphrodite and Myrrha and Phaeton come together to form one show. Director Richard Garner insists the show is different from the one in 2006, and patrons will enjoy each minute.

“The show holds up as relevant as ever and it feels like you’re seeing it anew for the first time,” Garner said. “I also think that it’s a play worth revisiting because it so powerfully speaks to change in our lives and that’s a topic that a lot of people are dealing with coming out of the recession.”

The production’s adaptations to Greek mythology go with the current theme of Georgia Shakespeare plays. Zimmerman’s adaption calls for a pool center stage, creating an 11th character.

The pool has yet to cause complications with production. When the play was first preformed in 2006, a foam from a chemical imbalance covered the pool during rehearsals. The pool is filled with 3,000 gallons of water heated to 94 degrees. The water is treated and pumped through a filter to stay clean.

“Many have said that the pool is the “11th character” in the play – it has its own personality and can be calm at one moment and noisy and messy at another,” Garner said. “Water is an element that embodies the nature of change since it can go from solid, to gas, to liquid form.”

The cast contains a few of the 2006 members. Garner said he looked for actors with great language and movement skills who were good storytellers. It was important to Garner that everyone got along well and respected each other’s work, being such a close ensemble cast.

If you go:
When: through July 21
Where: Georgia Shakespeare, 4484 Peachtree Road
Cost: Tickets are $38.32 for adults, $30.84 for seniors/military/students and $14.95 for children
Information: (404) 504-1473 or visit www.tickets.gashakespeare.org/single/eventlisting.aspx

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