Based on the myths of Ovid
Written and Directed by Mary Zimmerman
from the translation by David R. Slavitt
Co-production with the Guthrie Theater
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
January 24–March 24, 2019
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
“…we give our mythic side scant attention these days. As a result, a great deal escapes us…”
Berkeley Rep presented Mary Zimmerman’s breathtaking Metamorphoses at the turn of the millennium—it later received a Broadway run and garnered her a Tony Award. She’s become a Berkeley Rep favorite, enthralling audiences with eight gorgeous productions. Don’t miss your chance to experience her signature tour de force, the provocative and mesmerizing Metamorphoses.
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.
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Metamorphoses includes the use of one real cigarette and one herbal cigarette. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer unsolicited content advisories as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have concerns about content or themes, we are happy to provide details. Please call our box office at 510 647–2949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Zimmerman · Adaptor / Director
Mary received the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director and a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship. This is her ninth show for Berkeley Rep, following acclaimed productions of The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, The Secret in the Wings, Treasure Island, and The White Snake. These plays—and others that she’s adapted and directed such as The Jungle Book, Eleven Rooms of Proust, The Odyssey, Silk, and S/M—have enjoyed celebrated runs at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Goodman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Second Stage Theatre. She also directed All’s Well That Ends Well and Pericles for the Goodman, Henry VIII and Measure for Measure for the New York Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Huntington, and Guys and Dolls for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In 2002, Mary created a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei, which was presented at BAM, the Goodman, and the Barbican in London. In recent years, she has staged Armida, La Sonnambula, and Rusalka for the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met and at La Scala, Milan. Based in Chicago, Mary has won numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards—the city’s top theatrical honors—including prizes for best production and best direction. She is a member of Lookingglass, an artistic associate of the Goodman, and she holds the Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Daniel Ostling · Scenic Design
Daniel is a two-time Tony Award-nominated scenic designer based in San Francisco and Taipei whose credits at Berkeley Rep include The White Snake, The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, Closer, Metamorphoses, and The Secret in the Wings. He is a longtime collaborator with Mary Zimmerman and a fellow ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company. Recent productions include Journey of the Midnight Sun in Shanghai, Love’s Labour’s Lost at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Cleopatra (ballet) for K-Ballet in Tokyo. He has worked at numerous regional theatres across the country, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, and Arena Stage, among many others. Opera designs include Rusalka, Lucia Di Lammermoor, and La Sonnambula (Metropolitan Opera/La Scala), and Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei (Goodman, Barbican). Internationally, Daniel’s work has been seen in Milan, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Melbourne, and Calgary.
Mara Blumenfeld · Costume Design
Mara is delighted to return to Berkeley Rep, where she has designed Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake, The Arabian Nights, The Secret in the Wings, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Metamorphoses (1999), and Frank Galati’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s after the quake. Based in Chicago, she has designed numerous productions for the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company where she is an ensemble member. Regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Asolo Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, and Weston Playhouse. New York credits include the off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Metamorphoses, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, and Rusalka, directed by Mary Zimmerman for the Metropolitan Opera. Internationally, her work has been seen at Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada; Tokyo DisneySea and K-Ballet in Tokyo, Japan; the Barbican Center and Donmar Warehouse in London; Melbourne Theatre Company in Australia; and Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. She was honored with the 2012 Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration and is the recipient of four of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards for Costume Design.
T.J. Gerckens · Lighting Design
T.J. is pleased to return to Berkeley Rep where he previously designed The Arabian Nights, Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, The Secret in the Wings, Treasure Island, and The White Snake. Recent designs include Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Wallis Annenberg Center, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Treasure Island, and Blood Wedding at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Wonderful Town at Goodman Theatre, and Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book at Goodman Theatre, and the Huntington Theatre Company. Other notable designs include the Mary Zimmerman and Philip Glass opera Galileo Galilei at the Goodman; Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC; and Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. T.J.’s New York designs include Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, and Rusalka for the Metropolitan Opera, Measure for Measure in Central Park, Metamorphoses on and off Broadway, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at Second Stage. He has received numerous honors for his lighting, including a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Ovation Award, and New York’s Drama Desk Award. T.J. is the faculty lighting designer at Otterbein University.
Andre Pluess · Sound Design
Andre has worked with Berkeley Rep on numerous shows: after the quake, Angels in America, The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Blue Door, Ghost Light, Honour, Metamorphoses, The Secret in the Wings, Treasure Island, and The White Snake. His Broadway credits include 33 Variations, The Clean House, I Am My Own Wife, and Metamorphoses. His other credits include many productions for About Face Company (artistic associate), Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company (artistic associate), Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater (resident designer), and other Chicago and regional theatres. His more recent projects include Cymbeline at the Shakespeare Theatre, Equivocation at Arena Stage, Ghost Light and The Merchant of Venice at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus at California Shakespeare Theater (where he is an artistic associate), Palomino at Center Theatre Group, Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf, and Stage Kiss at the Goodman, as well as the score for the film The Business of Being Born. Andre received a Barrymore Award, a Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations, multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations, and an LA Ovation Award for composition and sound design.
Willy Schwarz · Original Music
Willy composed the original music for Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, for which he won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play. Other collaborations with Ms. Zimmerman include The Odyssey, for which he received the 2000 Joseph Jefferson Award for Original Music, and Journey to the West, which won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for 1997, as well as The Baltimore Waltz at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. For Steppenwolf Theatre he served as onstage music director for the La Jolla, London, and Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The Grapes of Wrath, and composed for and appeared in A Clockwork Orange. He founded and conducted the highly praised All-American Immigrant Orchestra, which he revived in Germany with his Bremen Immigrant Orchestra. He composed and performed an original score for the silent film classic The Light of Asia, which was screened twice at the 2018 Berlinale filmfest. Willy has toured and performed with such diverse artists as Tom Waits, Theodore Bikel, Ravi Shankar, David Amram, Robert Bly, Shlomo Carlebach, Holly Cole, and Leon Russell. His solo CDs received the highest critical acclaim in Europe, and the CD of Metamorphoses and other plays directed by Mary Zimmerman was issued by Knitting Factory Records in 2002.
Amy Potozkin, CSA · Casting
This is Amy’s 29th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; One Man, Two Guvnors; and An Octoroon.
Michael Suenkel* · Production Stage Manager
Michael began his association with Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern for the 1984–85 season and is now in his 25th season as production stage manager. He has also worked with the Huntington Theatre (Boston), The Public Theater and New Victory Theatre (New York), La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and many others. Internationally he has stage managed shows in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Among his favorite Berkeley Rep productions are last season’s Angels in America, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Eurydice, Fêtes de la Nuit, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest.
The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, artistic director) was founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 and is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training, dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under Haj’s leadership, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. In 2006, the Guthrie opened its new home on the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, full-service restaurants and dramatic public lobbies. Learn more at guthrietheater.org.
Brenda Davis · Assistant Scenic Designer
Ray Nardelli · Assistant Sound Designer
Anjali Bidani · Technical Consultant
James McGregor · Production Assistant
Steven Epp* · Erysichthon and others
Steven has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Treasure Island, Tartuffe, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Figaro, The Miser, and Don Juan Giovanni. His off-Broadway credits include Hamlet at the New Victory Theatre and Servant of Two Masters at Theatre for a New Audience. Regional credits include productions at American Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, the Spoleto Festival, Center Stage in Baltimore, Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Rep, and the Old Globe. Steven was an actor, writer, and co-artistic director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, 1983–2008. Acting credits include title roles in Tartuffe, Hamlet, Figaro, The Miser, and Man of La Mancha. He received the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play for Children of Paradise, was a 1999 Fox Fellow, a 2009 McKnight Theatre Fellow, and a 2011 Beinecke Fellow, and received the 2012 Best Actor Helen Hayes Award and the 2017 Best Actor Ivey Award.
Raymond Fox* · Midas and others
Raymond is delighted to return to Berkeley Rep where he previously appeared in The Secret in the Wings and Metamorphoses. He was in the original off-Broadway and Broadway casts of Metamorphoses (Second Stage Theatre, Circle in the Square Theatre). His regional credits include Goodman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Arden Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Route 66 Theatre, Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, the House Theatre of Chicago, Mark Taper Forum, Court Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, First Folio Theatre, Canada’s Stratford Festival, and TimeLine Theatre, where he appeared in Blood and Gifts, receiving a 2013 Equity Jeff Award for Supporting Actor. Raymond is an ensemble member with Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre and a graduate of Northwestern University and the ART Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Rodney Gardiner* · Phaeton and others
Rodney has spent the last nine years as a vital company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, playing a wide range of roles. Among his favorite credits are Guys and Dolls, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, The Wiz, and several world premieres. Regionally, Rodney has also performed at the Old Globe, Kirk Douglas Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. As an associate artist with Waterwell, Rodney has co-devised and performed in several shows, including Marco Millions, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Rodney also holds an NAACP Award for his performance in Gem of the Ocean (Fountain Theatre). Rodney has performed his solo show, Episodes in Blue, at schools and festivals in New York and New Jersey. Currently, he is workshopping a new piece, Brick City Chronicles, a retelling of the Moses narrative through soul music. Rodney is a graduate of SUNY Purchase.
Benjamin T. Ismail* · Hermes/Vertumnus and others
Benjamin is happy to be returning to Berkeley Rep after playing Louis in last season’s revival of Angels in America. Select regional credits include The Invisible Hand (American Stage Theatre Company); Disgraced, Speech & Debate, Tribes, and The Santaland Diaries (Capital Stage); Peter Pan and The Secret Garden (Playhouse on the Square); Cloud 9, The Pillowman, The Submission, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Big Idea Theatre); and The Mystery of Irma Vep and Cinderella (Sacramento Theatre Company). Benjamin has also directed many shows from Florida to California, most recently including productions of Between Riverside & Crazy, Much Ado About Nothing, August: Osage County, and Antony & Cleopatra. Love to the J’s.
Louise Lamson* · Alcyone and others
Louise is thrilled to return to Berkeley Rep where she appeared in The Secret in the Wings and Metamorphoses. She originated the role of Alcyone in Metamorphoses and played off Broadway (Second Stage Theatre) and Broadway (Circle in the Square). Most recently she was seen at Lookingglass Theatre in the world premiere of Plantation! directed by David Schwimmer. Other Lookingglass productions include Hard Times, Brothers Karamazov, and The Arabian Nights. She has also worked regionally at Goodman Theatre, About Face Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Getty Villa, Arden Theatre, and Arena Stage. Louise is a graduate of Northwestern University and an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago.
Felicity Jones Latta* · Aphrodite and others
Felicity last appeared at Berkeley Rep 25 years ago in Don Juan Giovanni and in Metamorphoses 15 years ago on Broadway. Other credits include the Broadway tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Captain’s Tiger with Athol Fugard (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Measure for Measure (New York Shakespeare Festival). She has performed on stages around the country including American Conservatory Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, and Yale Repertory Theatre. She was artistic associate with Theatre de la Jeune Lune from 1985 to 1995. She is currently associate director at Lattawork Productions, devoted to arts in education. Film and television credits include Signs, Julie & Julia, The Carrie Diaries, Wonderland, Deadline, Ed, and Law & Order. Felicity is a 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.
Alex Moggridge* · Ceyx and others
Alex is delighted to be reuniting with Mary Zimmerman at Berkeley Rep, having appeared in 2016’s Treasure Island. Also at Berkeley Rep, Alex appeared in Three Sisters and Chinglish. Regionally, he has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Artists Rep, among others. New York credits include the Broadway production of Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz and directed by Mike Nichols. In the Bay Area, he has performed at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Center Rep, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and Shotgun Players. Film and TV credits include Batman Begins, The Defenders, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Person of Interest, and Trauma. Alex is also a writer. His plays have appeared off Broadway and regionally. Most recently, his play The Boatman made its world premiere at the Flint Repertory Theatre.
Sango Tajima · Myrrha and others
Sango is happy to be making her Berkeley Rep stage debut, after facilitating discussions in the audience for Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field. Recent regional credits include Women Laughing Alone with Salad (Shotgun Players); In Braunau (SF Playhouse Sandbox Series); The Wolves, Shakespeare in Love, and The Jungle Book (Marin Theatre Company); The Mineola Twins and Life is a Dream (Cutting Ball Theater); and We Are Pussy Riot (Theatre Battery). She is a proud member of the political theatre collective, the Bonfire Makers, with whom she has created several shows and actions. She has a BFA from the University of Michigan.
Lisa Tejero* · Therapist and others
Lisa appeared at Berkeley Rep in The White Snake, Journey to the West, and Metamorphoses. She was also in the Broadway production of Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square Theatre. She just finished a production of Anything Goes at Arena Stage where she last did Metamorphoses. Before that she was in King Lear with BackRoom Shakespeare Project. She is an artistic associate of Lookingglass, where she has appeared in 1984, Argonautika, and Ethan Frome. Also in Chicago Lisa has appeared in As You Like It, Ghostwritten, Journey to the West, Mirror of the Invisible World, The Odyssey, and Silk at Goodman Theatre; Kafka on the Shore at Steppenwolf Theatre; as well as Lady Bracknell at Iowa Summer Repertory and Lady Macbeth with Oak Park Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre Center, Milwaukee Rep, Seattle Rep, and Shakespeare Theatre Company. Lisa is a recipient of a Drama League Distinguished Performance nomination and, recently, a Jeff Award nomination for her portrayal of Vivian Bearing in Hypocrite Theatre’s production of Wit.
Suzy Weller* · Eurydice and others
Suzy is stoked to be making her Berkeley Rep debut. Select regional credits include Evocation to Visible Appearance and You Across From Me (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 42nd Humana Festival), The Wolves (Hippodrome State Theatre), and Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville). She is an alum of the University of Oklahoma and the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company.
* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Stunning…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
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.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
Beautifully staged, wonderfully acted. A pleasure.”
Creative, entertaining, a wonderful escape.”
Theater at its finest. A feast for all the senses.”
Moving, dreamlike and thrillingly theatrical…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. And what stories they are: sacred and profane, filled with love, loss and longing, these are the myths that tell us what we’re capable of—for better and for worse.”
San Francisco Examiner
This is not your dusty dry, overly intellectual Ovid. No, this is a splashy, funny, moving Ovid that is anything but dry. The show remains stunning—still gorgeous, still moving, still an example of theater at its sumptuous best. There are moments that are stunning, thrilling, funny and breathtaking. 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.”
I love this show, now more than ever. I never forgot it after seeing it 20 years ago, and now it seems better than ever.”
Marvelous, whimsical and thoughtful performances of these classic myths.”
Official trailer: Metamorphoses
See why audiences and critics alike are mesmerized by Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning adaptation of Ovid’s myths.
Behind the scenes: Mary Zimmerman
Adaptor and director Mary Zimmerman discusses the power of myths in her Tony Award-winning show, Metamorphoses.
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