Theater for the New South opens their third season this weekend in tragic fashion.
"Prometheus Bound" is a Greek tragedy by Aeschylus, this version translated by James Kerr. The play opens Friday, Sept. 27 in a found theater space inside the Plow Building on Reggie White Boulevard.
The short run of five shows will end Oct. 6.
Theater for the South is known for pushing boundaries, and "Prometheus Bound" is no exception.
Directed by Blake Harris, the play centers around Prometheus, who is bound in chains in one position for the duration of the show.
What: "Prometheus Bound"
Where: 1604 Reggie White Blvd.
When: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28, 7:30 p.m. (and Oct. 3-6)
How much: $15-$25
For tickets: Click here
Harris said the challenge was how to make it interesting.
"Going into this piece, I understood that the biggest challenge would be having a protagonist that remained stationary the entire production," he said. "Directors rely on movement to shift and convey emotional levels. We have to explore how to convey those same things when your title character doesn't move."
But theatergoers who are used to the physically demanding productions and quick interplays will instead be treated to a more intellectually enthralling production, according to Lorin Jones, who plays Prometheus.
"This is a modernized translation of a Greek tragedy," Jones said. "The theater then was more about the oratory and the experience. It makes it a real challenge as an actor to emote in restraint ... so the challenge that should make it interesting for people is that I’m telling my story, telling my drama, telling the pains of Prometheus ... locked in place."
A description in The New York Times summarized the plot as this:
"At the outset, Prometheus is being chained to the rocks for divulging to humans the secret of fire against the orders of Zeus. Prometheus was a Titan, the class of immortals who were around long before Zeus, an upstart on Olympus who seized dictatorial power in a coup with the help of Prometheus. Once crossed, however, Zeus vindictively orders his punishment. But Prometheus, who can divine the future, has a trump. He knows Zeus will be overthrown by one of his own sons, and Zeus is desperate to know which one."
The visitors begin offering advice. Oceanus, Io and Hermes all make appearances.
The cast features T.C. Cox, Sean Henon, Whitney Turner, Teralyn Wade, Jessica Wilson and Jessie Wright. The show features the sound scoring of Love, Execution Style; costume design by Grace Holtz; hair and makeup design by TK Kelly; and technical direction by Alex Miller-Long.
Tickets may be purchased online via brownpapertickets.com.
Updated @ 8:17 a.m. on 9/27/13 to correct a factual error: The show ends Oct. 6, not Oct. 5, as originally reported.
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