'METAMORPHOSES'

A brief synopsis of the stories that make up the play:

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

Midas - King Midas is a wealthy man, but bored. When Bacchus offers him one wish, he asks that whatever he touch turn into gold. He delights in his power, until his daughter leaps into his arms.

Alcyone and Ceyx - Ceyx, the King of Thessaly, must sail to visit an oracle, but his wife, Alcyone, is disturbed by her premonition of violent seas. Ultimately he leaves, and she collapses, half in prayer, half in delirium. As the winds start to blow his ship, she maintains her vigil at the seashore.

Erysichthon - Indulgent and self-obsessed, Erysichthon cuts down a mighty oak, sacred to the goddess Ceres. As his punishment, he is cursed by the wench Hunger. He eats and eats, but always needs more.

Orpheus and Eurydice - Orpheus is a master at playing the lyre and marries his love Eurydice. She flees from a shepherd and is bitten fatally by a snake. Orpheus sings his grief to the world, then to the occupants of Hades. The Furies decide to give Eurydice back, on the condition that he not look back at her as they walk to the upper world.

Pomona and Vertumnus - Vertumnus loves Pomona, but she pays him little notice. Finally, he disguises himself as an old woman, and wins her attention.

Myrrha - Terrified, lonely and overwhelmed with lust for her father, Cinyras, Myrrha tries to hang herself. A maid stops her and concocts a plan for Myrrha to trick Cinyras into a sexual rendezvous. He soon discovers the identity of his young lover, and she is forced to flee.

Phaeton - Spoiled and boastful, Phaeton is the child of Apollo, driver of the sun. But, as Phaeton complains to a therapist, no one believes his identity. He decides to visit Apollo and ask his dad if he can drive the sun's chariot.

Eros and Psyche - Psyche is famous for her beauty, so much so that the gods become uncomfortable. Eros is sent to curse her with an arrow, but he falls in love with her.

Baucis and Philemon - Zeus and Hermes disguise themselves as beggars and wander the Earth to learn the true nature of people. They are turned away from home after home, until they come upon Baucis and Philemon, two true lovers living within modest means.



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