Berkeley Rep Extends METAMORPHOSES For Two Weeks
Following an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences and critics alike, Berkeley Rep has announced that Metamorphoses, directed by Mary Zimmerman, will extend for an additional two weeks. The popular show will now run through Sunday, March 24.
Starting today, tickets for the added 16 performances can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org and by phone at 510 647-2949.
Praise from critics:
"Even if you've heard the hype about Mary Zimmerman's Tony-winning adaptation of Ovid's myths, Berkeley Rep's revival exceeds expectation. Zimmerman as director has such precise timing that it's as if she lives inside your brain, knowing before you do when the next stimulus or reveal would most delight, how it might make you wade a step further into her pool of wonders. [Her] script is lovely... [and] her cast seems to have teleported in from a realm outside of time." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Moving, dreamlike and thrillingly theatrical, Zimmerman's deep dive into the myths of Ovid is as fluid as its setting: a pool of water that serves as the stage for this mesmerizing 100-minute retelling of some of humanity's oldest and most familiar tales. With a vibrant, shape-shifting 10-member cast, all playing multiple roles, Thursday's opening night performance in the Peet's Theatre was an enchanting reminder of Zimmerman's power as a theatrical storyteller." - San Francisco Examiner
"You never know if going back to revisit a favorite is a good idea or a bad one. For Metamorphoses, happily, another dip in this gorgeous pool is the best possible idea. The show remains stunning - still gorgeous, still moving, still an example of theater at its sumptuous best." - Theater Dogs
"Mary Zimmerman is a master at the art of mesmerism. Lit by astonishing feats of visual alchemy, her meditative body of work floats through the imagination like a soft reverie. Zimmerman dives into the myths of Ovid with her signature blend of the cerebral and the childlike, immersing us in crystalline tableaux and primal wonder. [A] gorgeous and graceful revival." - San Jose Mercury News
Dreams and reality collide with gods and mortals in Mary Zimmerman's ode to the power of love - and the shadows that lurk beneath it. From a wading pool in our intimate 400-seat theatre, she summons Ovid's classical tales of passion, betrayal, hope, and transformation, inviting us into a realm of shared cultural myths and beautiful, unshakable visions.
Cast members include Steven Epp (Erysichthon and others), Raymond Fox (Midas and others), Rodney Gardiner (Phaeton and others), Benjamin T. Ismail (Hermes/Vertumnus and others), Louise Lamson (Alcyone and others), Felicity Jones Latta (Aphrodite and others), Alex Moggridge (Ceyx and others), Sango Tajima (Myrrha and others), Lisa Tejero (Therapist and others), and Suzy Weller (Eurydice and others).
Metamorphoses premiered in New York City at The Second Stage Theatre in September, 2001 (Artistic Director: Carole Rothman; Managing Director: Carol Fishman; Executive Director: Alexander Fraser) and was originally produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago. It is based on Ovid's Metamorphoses translated by David Slavitt and published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. The section of Rainer Maria Rilke's poem "Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes" was translated by Stephen Mitchell (1995, Modern).
For the 2018-19 season, Berkeley Rep recognizes the continued commitment and support of season sponsors BART, Peet's Coffee, and Wells Fargo. Berkeley Rep is also delighted to have Jack and Betty Schafer, Michael and Sue Steinberg, and The Strauch Kulhanjian Family on board as individual season sponsors. Metamorphoses is made possible by lead sponsors Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer and executive sponsor Susan Chamberlin.