"Metamorphoses" at Arena Stage

March 28, 2013

group shotOn Sunday, February 24, Ryan Justus '17, Alexander Sefton '17, Sam Haden '16, and James Theuer '17 (pictured) accompanied Dr. Janice Siegel, Associate Professor of Classics, on a trip to Washington, DC, to see a play based on the work of the Roman poet Ovid.  Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses presents a number of episodes from Ovid's magnum opus of the same name: Orpheus and Eurydice (along with Rilke's treatment of the same myth), Cinyras and Myrrha, Pomona and Vertumnus, Midas and the Golden Touch, Cupid and Psyche (which is from Apuleius' Metamorphoses, not Ovid's), Phaethon, Erysichthon, and Baucis and Philemon.  All these tales somehow grapple with the themes of grief and loss. This production at the Arena Stage presented these tales light-heartedly but did not forfeit any of their intrinsic meaning. It was a remarkable live theater experience.

After the play, we walked to the National Mall, peeked inside the Air and Space Museum, took a whirlwind tour of the National Gallery of Art, and then walked to Chinatown for a great dinner. We can't wait for the next classically-inspired play to hit the theaters!

The Department of Classics is grateful to the Associate Dean of Faculty Michael Utzinger for providing full funding for tickets and transportation and to the Dean of Students Office for paying for our breakfast and dinner. A great time was had by all.