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Olympian Games

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Olympian Games is a musical adaptation of six famous myths from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Each is based on a story that climaxes with a miraculous transformation. Halcyon and her husband, Cyex, are turned into singing birds after Halcyon brings Cyex back to life. Myrrha is changed into a gnarled tree as punishment for incest. Hercules’ second wife, Deianeira, unwittingly kills her husband by sending him a garment that has the power to reclaim him from unlawful loves. Pygmalion creates the beautiful Galatea from stone. Tereus rapes his sister-in-law Philomela and tears out her tongue. Her sisters seek revenge by savagely murdering Tereus’ five-year-old son and serving him to his father for dinner. The gods then transform Tereus into a hawk, Philomela into a nightingale, aand the son into a pheasant. Finally, Baucis and Philemon are united as trees that will grow together as reward for their generosity.

Credits

Creative team

Opening and Baucis and Philemon by

Barbara Damashek

Halcyon and Ceyx, Myrrha, Hercules, Pymalion, and Teres and Procne by

Kenneth Cavander

Book and Lyrics by

Kenneth Cavander and Barbara Damashek

Music composed and directed by

Barbara Damashek

Directed by

Barbara Damashek

Set and costume design by

Alexander Okun

Lighting design by

Spencer Mosse

Cast

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)

Baucis and Philemon

Karen MacDonald (Baucis)Thomas Derrah (Philemon)Jeremy Geidt (Jove)Rodney Scott Hudson (Mercury)John Bottoms (Goose)Harry S. Murphy (The Phrygians)