The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film production of Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” opens Friday, November 16 in the UT Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre. Written and originally directed by Zimmerman, “Metamorphoses” took Broadway by storm, and in 2002 won a Tony Award for Best Direction and was nominated for Best Play. Two of the University’s faculty members, Daniel Thobias and T.J. Gerckens, have worked with Zimmerman on previous productions of “Metamorphoses.” Gerckens also worked on the Broadway production.
Gerckens, lecturer in lighting design and cinematography, as well as the production manager for the UT performances, has worked extensively with Mary Zimmerman, the writer and original director of this play. In fact he has been working with her on the current revival of the production now playing in Chicago. Assistant professor of theatre and costume design, Thobias, worked as a properties artisan on “Metamorphoses” in the Berkeley Repertoire Theatre production, one of the original stagings of the show.
Thobias is the designer of the set for the UT production and is overseeing the costume design process. Student Halah Mohamed is designing the costumes.
Director of the UT production and a theatre lecturer, Irene Alby, says she is thrilled to be working with gifted faculty who bring such impressive work experiences with them. “To direct this production working with people who worked with Mary Zimmerman is incredible. They have such great insight into the playwright. It has informed my own ideas about the play a great deal.”
Set around a pool that is both primordial and metaphorical, “Metamorphoses” is a series of Greco-Roman myths of Ovid, collected together expertly and poetically by Zimmerman, and crafted into a visually dynamic play.
“Mary Zimmerman’s beautiful and deeply humane ‘Metamorphoses’…reanimates [Ovid’s myths] with a combination of agile storytelling and enthralling stagecraft. Funny one moment, achingly sorrowful the next, ‘Metamorphoses’ somehow manages both to lift you out of the moment you’re living in and speak to it with piercing directness.” –Wall Street Journal
Alby says her own direction for the play will utilize “the extraordinary process of pregnancy and the womb and birth as a symbolic microcosm of the universe and all within it as it journeys toward wisdom. Each of the myths in the play explores deeply some important aspect of that journey, a journey of love and transcendence that each of us is already walking. I think the play resonates so well with people, and has for many years, because of its ability to profoundly and spiritually transform its audience. When people see it, they never forget the beauty and magic of it, and they’re never quite the same.”
Play tickets are $12–General Public, $10–Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Seniors, and $7–Students.
Student members of fraternities or sororities, who wear their letters or show their membership card at the box office, can get a “Go Greek” discount of $2 off their ticket. Offer good only at the Box Office.
A Season Flex Pass provides 4 tickets that can be used in any combination throughout the season, and is 15% off the price of 4 single performance tickets purchased separately. Flex Passes are available all season.
Tickets are available*:
By Phone: 419.530.2375
At the Center for Performing Arts Box Office:
Towerview W & W Rocket Blvd, UT Main Campus
*All major credit cards are accepted (AMEX, DISC, MC, VISA), UT Rocket Cards are accepted at the CPA Box Office ticket window only.