The Pear Avenue Theatre presents "Metamorphoses" through July 12 in Mountain View.
Mary Zimmerman’s play is a reworking of Ovid’s classic tales of gods and mortals. It consists of a series of Greco-Roman myths told by one character to another (somewhat like Geoffrey Chaucer’s "Canterbury Tales") and acted out for a larger audience. Each of the stories focuses on some physical or psychological metamorphosis or change.
Embedded in the play is the constant juxtaposition of the classical and the contemporary. Zimmerman's version renders the classic myths in more contemporary language and psychology while retaining a connection with forces and mysteries beyond the human realm, represented by the gods and goddesses.
The juxtaposition makes the point that Ovid's stories are not simply classic myths from some ancient culture, but stories for our time and our own lives, preparing us for our own metamorphoses.
Zimmerman is a professor at Northwestern University, recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship (a "genius grant") and creator of many stage works rooted in myth.
Jeanie Forte directs Pear's production. The cast includes Tom Ammon, Kevin Hsieh, Bill C. Jones, Kristen Lo, Blaze Mancillas, Shannon Stowe, Maddie Sykes, Diane Tasca, Patricia Tyler and Jake Vincent.
Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is located at 1220 Pear Ave.
Tickets are $12-$30.
For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit www.thepear.org.