Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses Floats at Hartford Stage, Feb. 26-March 28

News   Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses Floats at Hartford Stage, Feb. 26-March 28 Hartford Stage presents Tony Award-winning Mary Zimmerman's play Metamorphoses at its Connecticut home, Feb. 26-March 28, with some original Broadway cast members.

Actors Kyle Hall, Raymond Fox and Chris Kipiniak — who appeared in the Broadway run — are joined by Sun Mee Chomet, Anne Fogarty and James McKay who performed in the play in Cincinnati and St. Louis. Other actors include Erika LaVonn, Antoinette Broderick, Gabra Zackman and Paul Oakley Stovall.

Metamorphoses stages the great transformation myths of Ovid with additional material compiled by Zimmerman from other sources, including the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. King Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Cupid and Psyche all make appearances during the evening, wherein they change physically, emotionally and mentally. The play's most notable set piece is its 30-foot pool which the actors play around — and in.

The Hartford run is a co-production with Kansas City's Missouri Repertory Theatre, featuring Zimmerman's direction staged by Eric Rosen. The production contains nudity.

Metamorphoses transferred to Broadway after a successful run at Off-Broadway's Second Stage. The work originated at Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company. It has won the Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortel prizes for Best Play and earned a Tony Award for Best Direction for director Zimmerman.

The design team for the Broadway production of Metamorphoses recreate their work for the Hartford production. They include Daniel Ostling (scenic), Mara Blumenfeld (costume), T.J. Gerckens (lighting) and Andre Pluess (sound) — used in conjunction with Willy Schwarz's original compositions. For tickets to Metamorphoses at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT, call (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.

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