Prometheus Bound
A.R.T. Season, OBERON Shows
February 25, 2011 through April 2, 2011
"Propelled by a lean script, cut-to-the-quick lyrics and an angst-filled score, this world preem hits the zeitgeist jackpot."

An outcry against tyranny, Prometheus Bound illustrates the struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator. Written by Tony and Grammy Award-winning playwright and lyricist Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian, this new musical is inspired by Aeschylus's Ancient Greek tragedy about the heroic struggle of Western civilization's first prisoner of conscience. A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus stages this world premiere production in OBERON, immersing the audience in an environment that has the Dionysian energy and rebelliousness of a rock concert.

Audiences love Prometheus Bound at the A.R.T.: 

Audiences love Prometheus Bound at the A.R.T.

Audiences love Prometheus Bound at the A.R.T.:  "A really intense show." "Awesome... Impressive... You're right there in the middle of everything... Pretty freaking amazing."

Script and lyrics by Steven Sater (from the play by Aeschylus)
Music composed by Serj Tankian
Directed by Diane Paulus
Choreography Stephen Petronio
Set Design  Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Emily Rebholz
Lighting Design Kevin Adams
Sound Design Clive Goodwin
Orchestrations Serj Tankian
Vocal Design AnnMarie Milazzo
Music Supervisors Debra Barsha
  Lance Horne
Band Leader Vincent Pedulla
Casting Melcap Casting
Stage Manager Katherine Shea*
Associate Director Allegra Libonati
Dramaturgy Ryan McKittrick
  Sara Bookin-Weiner
  Tyler Monroe


Prometheus  Gavin Creel*
Force  Lea DeLaria*
Oceanos  Michael Cunio*
Hephaistos/Hermes  Gabriel Ebert*
Daughter of the Aether Jo Lampert*
Daughter of the Aether Celina Carvajal*
Daughter of the Aether Ashley Flanagan*
Io Uzo Aduba*
Groupies Emmanuel Avellanet
  Kevin Lin
  Bart Mather
(*) members of Actors Equity Association


Conductor  Debra Barsha
Associate Conductor  Lance Horne
Guitars/Sitar Charlie Christos
Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Piccolo Trumpet/
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Melodica
Tom Duprey
Violin/Trombone/Viper/Mandolin David Finch
Drums/Percussion/Synth Jeff Muzerolle
Bass Guitars Robb Simring

Additional Credits

Assistant Director Mia Walker
Assistant Casting Lauren Port
Assistant Choreographer Gino Grenek
Assistant to Steven Sater Whitney Mosery
Sound Consultant Will Reid
Production Associate Taylor Adamik
Stage Management Interns Sarah Gasser
  Kevin Schlagle


For Prometheus Michael Cunio*
For Io Celina Carvajal*
For the Daughters of the Aether/Force Jordy Lievers
For Oceanos/Hephaistos/Hermes Steven Good
"He may be bound, but this Prometheus still manages to rock."
The New York Times
"A raucous riff .....truly grounded in recognizable human emotion."
The Boston Globe
"Prometheus Bound rocks hard at Oberon.... What makes it a rousing success is that neither rock nor theater is shunted. Touching and thought-provoking."
Boston Herald
"Sater's book and lyrics are both angry and elegant, driving home the parallels between divine and political tyranny. Seldom has stasis proved so thunderous or so riveting."
Boston Phoenix

WGBH's "Greater Boston" - A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus is about to have four of her directorial efforts running simultaneously—including Hair, The Donkey Show, Death and the Powers, and Prometheus Bound. More

"Club Oberon feels like an underground rock club for the American Repertory Theater’s production of "Prometheus Bound"....Though Steven Sater’s ("Spring Awakening") book and lyrics and the music of System of a Down leader Serj Tankian are the core of this show, the sensory overload courtesy of Diane Paulus’ impeccable direction makes it an incredibly wild ride." - Boston Metro More

"The A.R.T. hits the musical theater / rock show sweet spot." - Time Out Boston More

"A busy, hands-on, immersive affair, not only for the interactive aspect of the stage hands mingling with a standing or sitting audience but for Prometheus who was beaten, chained, and tortured for something he firmly believed in — fighting tyranny. The acting in this production was as strong as the wildest flames." - Armenian Mirror-Spectator More

Edge Boston interview with Lea DeLaria, who plays Force in Prometheus Bound. More

A note from Death and the Powers director and A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus. More

"This new adaptation solves Prometheus's stasis problem by adding a propulsive rock score that, in addition to assaulting the eardrums, unchains the play and drives it forward." - The Boston Phoenix More

"Propelled by a lean script and cut-to-the-quick lyrics by Steve Sater and an angst-filled score by Serj Tankian, this world preem hits the zeitgeist jackpot." - Variety More

"In Aeschylus’ 'Prometheus Bound' the title character is punished for stealing fire and giving it to humans. For the playwright Steven Sater the idea of having one’s life altered by flames is intensely personal." - The New York Times More

In Prometheus Bound, "(Paulus) creates an immersive experience (the music helps this, too) that’s both suggestively fanciful and starkly simplified. You feel like you’re in some other world of gods and titans, but you can also just listen to a man on the stage defiantly condemning a despot." - Weekly Dig More


Press Releases

Media Advisory 3/1/11Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-295-2668; Serj Tankian and Steven Sater's song "The Hunger" from A.R.T.'s Prometheus Boundto be launched on iTunesMarch 1, 2011...
For immediate release February 25, 2011Contact: Kati Mitchell A.R.T. partners with Harvard Humanities Center, Cultural Agents, and Amnesty International on special...
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2011Contact: Kati Mitchell American Repertory TheaterpresentsPROMETHEUS BOUNDscript and lyrics by Steven Sater (from the play by...
For Immediate Release: January 4, 2011Contact: Kati Mitchell American Repertory Theater announcescasting of Gavin Creel in the title role ofPROMETHEUS BOUNDa world...
For Immediate Release August 26, 2010 Contact: Kati Mitchell617-496-2000 x American Repertory TheaterAnnounces Creative Teams for the 2010/11 Season Cambridge, Mass — The...
Contact: Kati For release on Friday, May 7, 2010 American Repertory TheaterAnnounces its 2010/11 Season:CABARET • ALICE vs. WONDERLAND • THE BLUE...

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Run time

80 minutes with no intermission


OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

Need to know


In partnership with Amnesty International, the A.R.T. is dedicating Prometheus Bound to eight Amnesty actions to free prisoners of conscience. Learn more>>


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

A discussion was held on March 2, co-presented with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. Watch the video here >>

Performance sponsors:

Sarah Hancock

Restaurant Partner: Russell House Tavern