The story is set off by a little girl god who, after seeing the beauty of creation, prays to experience the mortal world. Her prayers are granted and, in her experience, she encounters three laundresses who tell her mythological stories. They begin with the story of the ambitious king Midas and ends with that of the warm and altruistic couple, Baucis and Philemon.
In between are tales of the hilarious courtship of the elderly Vertumnus to the nymph Pomona, the horrifying passion of the young Myrrha, the ruthless terror faced by the obnoxious King Erysicthon, the fairy-tale romance of Eros and Psyche, the tragic fall of Phaeton, the bittersweet love story of Ceyx and Alcyone and the painful parting of Orpheus and Eurydice. These stories are brought to life by the ensemble of Tanghalang Ateneo actors.
The mythical and romantic setting of "Metamorphoses" is created by a young and talented artistic staff, headed by director Jay Crisostomo and assisted by Dan Chua. Ricardo G. Abad serves as Artistic Consultant.
Set design by Monica Sebial, costume design by Samantha Quizon, sound design by Lester Abuel, lights design by Mio Sta. Maria, graphics by Gosh Dilay, movement and choreography by Joyce Villanueva.
"Metamorphoses" runs September 16-18 and 23-25 at 7 p.m., with 2 p.m. shows on September 19 and 26 at the Rizal Mini-Theater. For inquiries and ticket reservations, call Ivanna Pacis 0905-2412107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.