La MaMa E.T.C. and The Great Jones Company presents Ellen Stewart’s adaptation of the Classic Greek tale, Asclepius, the son of sun god Apollo and mortal maiden Coronis who transcends to his rightful place in the heavens because of his great work in medicine. It is believed that Asclepius‘ story, rife with incest, murder, betrayal, passion and unrequited love, has never before been told on stage. Asclepius has performances at La MaMa in New York through June 14.
The cast features George Drance, Cary Gant, Denise Greber, Allison Hiroto, Onni Johnson, Michael Lynch, Benjamin Marcantoni, Matt Nasser, Prisca Ouya, Eugene the Poogene, Frederico Restrepo, Valois, Meredith Wright, Perry Yung, and Kat Yew.
Conceived, written and directed by Ms. Stewart, Asclepius (George Drance) is the son of the mortal Coronis (Kat Yew), who was raped by the god Apollo (Perry Yung). Angered by Coronis’ agreement to raise
the child with her true love, mortal Ischys (Matt Nasser), Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis (Allison Hiroto), kills Coronis. Although Apollo tries to stop his sister, he can not save Coronis. Apollo puts Coronis on a funeral pyre and, as she is burning, he reaches into the flames and takes the baby from Coronis’ womb. Asclepius is sent to be raised in nature by the centaur Chiron (Benjamin Marcantoni), who teaches the boy about herbal medicines and the lore of the woods. The adult Asclepius uses herbs given to him by snakes to bring a king’s son back from the dead,
angering his brother, the god of the underworld Hades (Eugene the Poogene), who is jealous of Asclepius’ ability to use medicine to ward off death, and thus orders Asclepius’ death.
Asclepius features music composed by Ellen Stewart, with additional music by Michael Sirotta, Yukio Tsuji, and Heather Paauwe; and Greek music written by Elizabeth Swados, performed by live musicians.
The production features choreography by Federico Restrepo, puppets by Theodora Skipitares, light design by Federico Restrepo, scenic consultants Mark Tambella and Jun Maeda, and sound design by Tim Schellenbaum.
Performances of Asclepius run through June 14; Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30pm at La MaMa E.T.C. Annex (66 East 4th Street). Tickets are $25 ($20 Students/Seniors) and can be reserved by calling 212-475-7710 or online at http://www.lamama.org. Google Maps
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