Orpheus and Eurydice from Metamorphoses

Orpheus and Eurydice from Metamorphoses

Mary Baldwin University opens its 2015 spring season with Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by Mary Baldwin professor Doreen Bechtol. Performances are held in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murhpy Demming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin University. The show is at 7:30 p.m. from February 11 to 14 and at 2 p.m. on February 15.

Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Zimmerman’s award winning play is a modern re-telling of several ancient myths, which feature archetypal characters that undergo extraordinary transformations. Through her unique brand of poetry, humor, and evocative imagery, Zimmerman captures a common emotional thread that links these classic tales to modern audiences, as she states, “These myths have a redemptive power in that they are so ancient. There’s a comfort in the familiarity of the human condition.”

Erysichthon and Ceres's tree from Metamorphoses

Erysichthon and Ceres’s tree from Metamorphoses

Working with Mary Baldwin’s ensemble cast, guest director Bechtol highlights Metamorphoses’ theme of transformation and change through imaginative physical storytelling that takes on acrobatic proportions. Bechtol works with a group of talented actors from both the undergraduate drama department and the graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance. Graduate actors Patrick Harris, Justine Mackey, Catie Osborn, Shane Sczepankowski, and Molly Seremet join undergrad actors Will Campbell, Myra Diehl, Eliza Hong, Emily Hurst, Marianna Moynihan, Layla Teears, Toni Thinnes, Skye Walker, and Tiffany Waters.

Parking in the Student Activities Center lot is available and a shuttle service runs from parking directly to the theatre entrance for the convenience of our patrons who need to avoid the steps. Please call the box office at 7 p.m. (or 1 p.m. on Sunday) for shuttle service. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 540-887-7189 (open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) or online. Single show tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.