Metamorphoses (play)

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Metamorphoses is a play by American playwright Mary Zimmerman adapted from the classic Ovid poem, Metamorphoses. The play premiered in 1996 as Six Myths at Northwestern University and later the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. The play opened off-Broadway in October 2001 at the Second Stage Theatre, and later transferred to Broadway on 21 February 2002 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses is based on David R. Slavitt's free-verse translation of The Metamorphoses of Ovid. An early version of the play, Six Myths, was produced in 1996 at the Northwestern University Theater and Interpretation Center. Zimmerman's finished work, Metamorphoses, was produced in 1998. <br />Of the many stories told in Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, only the introductory "Cosmogony" and the tale of Phaeton are from the first half of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The story of Eros and Psyche is not a part of Ovid's Metamorphoses; it is from Lucius Apuleius' novel MetamorphosesFarrell, Joseph. "Metamorphoses: A Play by Mary Zimmerman." The American Journal of Philosophy Vol. 123. Is. 4 (Winter, 2002): 626 -- also called The Golden Ass -- and was included in Zimmerman's Metamorphoses because, as Zimmerman herself said in an interview with Bill Moyers of NOW, "I love it so much I just had to put it in."Moyers, Bill. Interview with Mary Zimmerman. NOW with Bill Moyers. PBS. 22 Mar....
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