The ancient drama, which depicts the suffering of a man banished by the gods to a remote mountain as punishment for teaching humanity civilized skills, will run through Sept. 28.
The mountain is represented onstage by the five-ton wheel, which Prometheus, played by Ron Cephas Jones, spends most of the show strapped to. Jones' fellow actors will climb on the wheel throughout the performance. In order to do this safely, they were taught by Flying By Foy, a Las Vegas-based company that specializes in stage flight.
The set piece was conceived by director Travis Preston and scenic designer Efren Delgadillo Jr. and engineered by Mark Odom of DAS Design Works. The assembly was done by CalArts technical design students led by master's degree candidate Bill Honigstein. LA ProPoint, a fabricator of theme park rides and specialized performing arts machinery, also provided assistance.
Prometheus Bound, which is presented by the California Institute of the Arts’ Center for New Performance in conjunction with Trans Arts and the Getty Museum, features a script by poet Joel Agee, who translated the ancient Greek text.