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By: Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas, Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by: Daniela Atiencia
Stage Manager: Katie Voravong
Set and Props Design: Kimira Reddy
Set Design Assistant and Props Builder: Elliot Roberts
Lighting Design: Jonathan Kim
Assistant Lighting Designer: Andie Lloyd
Sound Design: Owen Belton
Costume Designer: Emily Friesen
Costume Assistant: Melissa McCowell
Movement Director: Vuk Prodanović
Intimacy Director: Julie Murphy

November 17–24, 2022
Live at Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch
Run time: 2 hours plus a 15-minute intermission
Content advisory: references to sexual assault; descriptions of sexual acts; coarse language; mature language (including the use of the word r*pe)  

"We are here to make sense of it.” Inspired by Roman poet Ovid’s powerful myths and reimagined for our current times, Metamorphoses is a collection of transformative and gripping tales of grand proportion. This epic and playful ensemble piece uses the power of storytelling to expose our basic needs and desires. Experience glorious chaos and humbling adventures with familiar characters like Orpheus and Euridyce, Medea and her doomed children, ancient Gods and audacious heroes. 

Okay so there’s this guy. Let's call him Orpheus

He's quite famous. Good at music

Okay, so there's a lot of stuff written about Orpheus, about how

he was this great guy, great poet, amazing at the lyre

Right, but there’s not that much about what he was actually like.

you know what I mean?

Like, for example, like... I've seen a lot of pictures of him.

Okay, a lot of paintings. There's hundreds, maybe thousands.

And I shit you not, in every picture. In every picture... he’s got

his top off

Like every single one

And alright, he’s got a nice body, but you know it’s every picture

And you know, he was always playing his lyre

Like all the time, walking around, playing his lyre

Singing. Just walking around, through the forest, through

the field, by the river, anywhere he wanted, any time of day, middle

of the night, doesn’t care. Are you getting this?

Okay, because the other thing I haven’t told you. The other

thing I haven’t mentioned is that Orpheus is the son of a king

His father is king

And you know who taught him to play the lyre?

GOD

Beat.

So you’re imagining this? There's a guy, son of a king, a god as

his music teacher, and he’s walking around, top off, chest out,

singing

And the thing is, in all the books, all the writings about

Orpheus, they talk about how everyone was enchanted by him,

his song was so beautiful, that everyone, I mean everyone,

people, animals, rivers, trees. They just loved him.

Okay, but what they don’t say, what they don’t tell you, is that

his song was so loud, and so powerful, that they couldn't hear

their own song

They couldn't hear themselves.

Silence.

Except...sometimes...In the quiet hours, when they were

alone, with themselves. Or with their children, their lovers.

Sometimes then, they could hear it. Their own songs. Their own

language, in their own mouths. Their own voice.

It's just, outside, it was only Orpheus

Son of a king

Pupil of the gods

Deaf, but to himself

Pause.

So what happened to Orpheus?

Okay. So. He's walking around one day, singing his song and he

comes across the Ciconian women.

And the Ciconian women, they’re tired. They're so tired of

Orpheus’s song. Because Orpheus’s song, has been playing in

Their ears since they could remember.

And one of the women, she spots him, and she says – to her

friends she says ’there he is, that motherfucker, with his

fucking lyre again.’

She said it in Greek

She says I've had enough of this. It’s gone on too long and she

picks up a stone and throws it at Orpheus’s head.

Beat.

It hits him. It's a great shot. Only the stone, it doesn't hurt him.

Just bounces off like a marshmallow. Cus the stone is so

intoxicated by Orpheus’s song, that its heart’s not really in it.

It just falls off. Lands at his feet.

So the Ciconian women, they get together, they stand up,

together. They throw stones, and they throw sticks, they throw

their arrows, and their swords, and that’s when they hear it

We hear a song.

Low at first

Just one woman

We listen.

And after a while, another woman joins in

The song gets louder.

And then another

Louder still.

And another, and another and another

Everyone singing.

Until, the whole crowd is singing and they’re crying, and

they've got their fists in the air

And they keep going, don’t stop, and their stones become

melodies, and their arrows become words, and they speak the

language of their souls

With their voices raised, they tear this son of the gods limb

from limb

They give the animals their rightful names,

The trees blossom, green and reds

The plants multiply

The rivers swell

And their song is so loud, it is so loud, and so beautiful, that the

world wakes up

It wakes up from its drugged-up sleep and it listens

Pause.

But then the gods wake up too

And they collect the scattered limbs of their dead son

And they sink the women into the ground, and twist their raised

fists into the knotted branches of trees

They sink all of them a billion trees, a million acres

But if you listen, if you really listen

In the silence of a forest

You can hear them

Their fists raised high

Still singing

Their song

Creative Team

Daniela Atiencia Director

Daniela-Atiencia_Headshot.jpgDaniela Atiencia is a Latinx-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Colombia. She works as a freelance bilingual director, dramaturg, and deviser. Daniela holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts and an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Essex where she graduated with Distinction. As dramaturg she is currently working with several different playwrights including Tetsuro Shigematsu’s latest commissioned piece for Pacific Theatre. You can listen to Daniela's work as Spanish Language Dramaturg in Made in Canada: an agricultural podcast by rice & beans theatre. Daniela’s recent directing credits include Neworld's world premiere of Clean/Espejos by Christine Quintana, which was described by theatre critic Colin Thomas as "one of the best shows in years." It won 5 Jessie Richardson awards, for which Daniela won for Outstanding Director. Daniela also recently directed Green Thumb Theatre's livestream production of Cranked! As a deviser, she is working on creating her own piece about her lived experience with dyslexia with fellow neurodiverse collaborator June Fukumura. She is currently based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples (Vancouver, BC) where she has worked with several theatre companies across British Columbia including Rumble Theatre, The Arts Club, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Western Canada Theatre and is serving as Associate Artistic Director for Touchstone Theatre.

Katie Voravong Stage Manager

Katie-Voravong-PC-Kim-Ho.jpgKatie Voravong is a theatre artist who has worked with companies such as the Chop, the frank theatre, ITSAZOO, Green Thumb, jkjk, and Neworld theatre since graduating Studio 58’s acting program in the Fall of 2019. Katie is very grateful to be back at Studio 58 to be on board the Metamorphoses team. Katie is also currently assistant directing The Three Little Pigs at Carousel Theatre. 

Some select credits include: (Performance) I Know What I Saw, Mortified, Cabaret, Antony & Cleopatra, Anon(ymous) with Studio 58, End of the Line with the IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival; (Production) SM for Hot House with Studio 58, ASM for Straight White Men with ITSAZOO, ASM for Be-Longing with the frank theatre, SM for The Marvelous Wonderettes with Theatre NorthWest, Production Coordinator for Awkward and Embarrassing Conversations (workshop) with Neworld theatre; (Direction/Misc.) Music Director for Our Town with Peninsula Productions, Playwright’s Gym with Green Thumb theatre, Assistant Director for Six of One: New Play Festival with Studio 58. 
The most heartfelt of thank yous to the company (cast/crew), Ruth, Kevin, Halla, David, Courtenay, Marielle, Alyson, Emma, Julie, Emily, Melissa, Owen, Jono, Andie, Kimira, Elliot, Vuk, Sebastian, and Daniela. It’s such a joy to support the art that you do. 

Image credit: Kim Ho

Kimira Reddy Set and Props Designer

KReddy_Headshot.jpgKimira is an accomplished artist gratefully creating and practicing her art on the unceded Coast Salish Territories. As a Set Designer, you can see her work on theatre stages around BC. She is also the Communications Director of Raven Spirit Dance. By combining her creative imagination and technical expertise, Kimira brings artists' visions into the innovative world of virtual reality. Originally from sunny South Africa, she holds an MFA in Design from UBC. Credits: Featured artist for Indian Summer Festival. VR 360 Logo Design for Ruby Singh’s VOX.INFOLD song; VR Technician for Uninterrupted (Canada Wild Arts Society). Set Design for The Pearl Fishers (Vancouver Opera); The Five Vengeances (Affair of Honor); Cranked: The Remix (Greenthumb Theatre); 90 Days (Western Gold Theatre); Catalina La O (JKJK), Himmat (Theatre Conspiracy), Peace Country (Rice & Beans Theatre); Men Express Their Feelings (Zee Zee Theatre), Ominous Sound at the River Crossing (Touchstone Theatre); In Response to Alabama (Little Thief Theatre); we the same (Ruby Slippers); Like It Or Not (Greenthumb Theatre); Zoning Out (Blackout Theater); No Child (The Arts Club). Props for Foolish Operations. More at kimirareddy.com.

Elliot Roberts Set Design Assistant and Props Builder

Elliot---Headshot.JPGAs a recent graduate of Studio 58’s Production Program, Elliot is very excited to work alongside Kimira Reddy as the Assistant Set Designer and Props Builder for Metamorphoses! She grew up in Winnipeg, but moved to Vancouver in 2017 to pursue her career as a costume/prop designer, artist and stage manager. She is excited for the opportunity to help facilitate new works and feels honored to be able to create and grow alongside so many other emerging artists and peers!  

Previous credits include: Design Associate: Derwent is Different (Green Thumb), Stage Manager: Six of One: New Play Festival (Studio 58), Props Designer: King Lear (Promethean Theater), Assistant Set/Props Designer: Like It or Not (Green Thumb), Stage Manager: Tomorrowlove (Studio 58), Costume Designer: Our Town, (Peninsula Productions), Co Set/Prop Designer: Hot House (Studio 58).

Jonathan Kim Lighting Designer

Jonathan-Kim-headshot.jpgJonathan Kim (he/him/his), better known as Jono, is a Korean-Canadian artist born and raised on unceded traditional Coast Salish territories, who currently works and lives on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories (Vancouver). He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production and Design from Simon Fraser University. Jono is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and Chimerik似不像, an interdisciplinary collective. His recent lighting design works include: Kim's Convenience (Arts Club Theatre Company); The Mountaintop (Pacific Theatre); Passages of Rhythms (Co.ERASGA); Marjorie Prime and Pass Over (Ensemble Theatre Company); Maamawi: Together Through the Fire (O.Dela Arts and Pepper's Ghost New Media & Performing Arts Collective); The Five Vengeances (Affair of Honor); Redbone Coonhound (Arts Club Theatre Company); and Murder on the Orient Express (Vertigo Theatre).

Andie Lloyd Assistant Lighting Designer

Andie-Lloyd_Headshot.jpegAndie Lloyd is a queer interdisciplinary artist and community advocate, currently based on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. She works internationally as a lighting designer and media artist. Recent projects include her Jessie Award Nominated Surtitles & Projection Design work for Neworld Theatre’s Clean/Espejos (Vancouver), Lighting Design for Shion Skye Carter’s Residuals (住み・墨) (Montréal, Vancouver) and she looks forward to working alongside Derek Chan on his new subversive play: Happy Valley 馬照跑。舞照跳. www.andielloyd.ca 光復香港,時代革命

Owen Belton Sound Designer

Owen_Belton_Headshot.jpegOwen Belton lives in Vancouver, Canada and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts. He has been composing for dance for the last 25 years as well as creating sound design and music for live theatre for 15 years. Owen has created for Electric Company, The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, as well as Nederlands Dans Theatre, Ballet Nuremberg, The Paris Opera and Kidd Pivot. Metamorphoses will be his 4th play with Studio 58.

Emily Friesen Costume Designer

Emily-Friesen_Headshot.jpegEmily is delighted to be making her Studio 58 debut. She is a multi-disciplinary theatre designer, artist, and maker. Recent credits include: costume design for Ride the Cyclone (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), Kindred (Belfry Theatre), Salt Water Moon (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), and Othello (UVic Phoenix Theatre,) as well as set design for The Children’s Hour (UVic Phoenix Theatre). She is a graduate of the Phoenix Theatre at the University of Victoria. For more information, go to emilyfriesen-theatredesigner.com.

Melissa McCowell Costume Assistant

McCowell---headshot.jpgMelissa is a theatre artist based on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver), with a focus on Costume Design and Stage Management. 

 She has had the pleasure of working with a number of incredible companies including  After Party Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Green Thumb Theatre, ITSAZOO Productions, Presentation House Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Studio 58, The Elbow Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Théâtre la Seizième and Touchstone Theatre 

 Recent credits include: Head of Backstage Wardrobe with Bard on the Beach for their 2022 season and Costume Designer for CRANKED: The Remix with Green Thumb Theatre.  

 Melissa is a graduate of Queen's University and Studio 58.

Vuk Prodanović Movement Director

Vuk-Prodanovic.jpegVuk Prodanović (he/they) is a first-generation Serbian Canadian actor and choreographer born and raised in Vancouver, BC on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. He graduated from Studio 58 in 2021 and is excited to be back and working on Metamorphoses. Acting credits include: Simon (The Code, Green Thumb Theatre), Brian (What’s Your Wish, Children’s Theatre of Richmond), and Jonah (The Big Draw, Industry Plant Inc.) Vuk would like to thank Daniela Atiencia, Courtenay Dobbie, Kathryn Shaw and the faculty and staff of Studio 58 for allowing him this opportunity.

Julie Murphy Intimacy Director

JMurphy-Final-LARGE-23.jpegJulie is thrilled to be back at Studio 58 after intimacy directing The Rocky Horror Show last season! She is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, and educator who currently works as a movement specialist in universities, schools and studios. Julie has worked as a professional intimacy director, violence choreographer and movement coach in multiple provinces across Canada, and is currently based in Vancouver, BC.

She is the resident fight & intimacy director for Get Off the Stage Productions theatre company (Sterling award-nominated); was the first fight director for Canada’s elite horror attraction DARK (Fort Edmonton Park); and the first intimacy director to facilitate workshops in the province of New Brunswick through the Groundworks workshop series. Julie holds a Bachelors degree in Education (Fine Arts) and a Bachelors degree in Arts (Drama) from the University of Alberta. She is currently a certified teacher in the province of Alberta, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance (Adv II); and actor combatant working towards her Advanced level with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada.

She recently finished intimacy directing Cabaret with Raincity Theatre in Vancouver, and is looking forward to directing intimacy and violence for the world premiere of an upcoming show at the Waterfront Theatre this winter. Julie is the founder and creative director of Proximity Movement, a company which offers workshops and choreography for ensemble-based, trauma-informed theatrical intimacy and violence. Enjoy the show!

Cast & Crew

*Anyone with an asterisk has a speaking role and/or is featured.

Intro
Full ensemble

Caesar
Brian Martinez (he/him)
Brodie Kyle Klassen (he/him)
Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
Ethan DeHoog (he/him)
Hailey Conner (she/her)
Hikari Terasawa (she/her)
Janavi Chawla (she/they)
Kahlila Ball (she/her)
*Kat Stevens (she/her)
L Danger (she/her)
Yana Vitkovic (she/her)

Procne and Philomela (Part. 1, 2, 3)
Brian Martinez (he/him)
Brynna Drummond (she/her)
*Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
Emma Soothill (she/her)
*Hailey Conner (she/her)
*Hikari Terasawa (she/her)
*Janavi Chawla (she/they)
*Kate Berg (she/they)
Kat Stevens (she/her)
*L Danger (she/her)
Rhys Davies (he/him)
Samantha Kerr (she/her)
Samantha Levy (she/her)
Sarah Conway (she/her)
Serena Hatch (she/her)
*Shaye Steele (she/her)
*Trinity Richardson (she/her)
Yana Vitkovic (she/her)
Zoë Autumn (she/her)

Eurydice
*Brian Martinez (he/him)
*Brynna Drummond (she/her)
*Serena Hatch (she/her)
*Yiorgos Sahamis (no preference)

Hecuba, Polyxena and Polydorous
*Caylen Braun (he/him)
*Ethan DeHoog (he/him)
*Terrence Zhou (he/him)
*Yiorgos Sahamis (no preference)

Midas and the Judgement of Apollo
Full Ensemble
*Brandon Pringle (he/him)

Io
Ethan DeHoog (he/him)
Hailey Conner (she/her)
Rhys Davies (he/him)
Samuel Walmsley-Byrne (he/him)
Serena Hatch (she/her)
Trinity Richardson (she/her)
*Zoë Autumn (she/her)

Actaeon
Full Ensemble
*Jillian Burke (they/she)
*Samuel Walmsley-Byrne (he/him)

The Minotaur, Ariadne, Theseus, and Scylla
*Emma Soothill (she/her)
*Hailey Conner (she/her)
*Hikari Terasawa (she/her)
*Kahlila Ball (she/her)
*Sarah Conway (she/her)
*Shaye Steele (she/her)

Achilles
Emma Soothill (she/her)
Jillian Burke (they/she)
Kate Berg (she/they)
Samantha Levy (she/her)
Sarah Conway (she/her)
Serena Hatch (she/her)
*Shaye Steele (she/her)
Yana Vitkovic (she/her)

Phaethon and Phoebus
*Brian Martinez (he/him)
*Brodie Kyle Klassen (he/him)
*Emma Soothill (she/her)
*Terrence Zhou (he/him)

Juno and Jupiter
Full Ensemble
*Hailey Conner (she/her)
*Rhys Davies (he/him)
*Samantha Levy (she/her)

Orpheus and the Ciconian Women
Brynna Drummond (she/her)
Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
Janavi Chawla (she/they)
Kahlila Ball (she/her)
Kat Stevens (she/her)
Kate Berg (she/they)
Sarah Conway (she/her)
Serena Hatch (she/her)
Shaye Steele (she/her)
Yana Vitkovic (she/her)
Zoë Autumn (she/her)

Pentheus and Bacchus
*Ben Brown (he/him)
*Brynna Drummond (she/her)
*Caylen Braun (he/him)
*Janavi Chawla (she/they)
*Jillian Burke (they/she)
*Samuel Walmsley-Byrne (he/him)
*Shaye Steele (she/her)
*Terrence Zhou (he/him)

Cephalus and Procris
Brandon Pringle (he/him)
Brian Martinez (he/him)
Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
*Daniel Tompkins (he/him)
*Ethan DeHoog (he/him)
Hikari Terasawa (she/her)

Arachne
Brandon Pringle (he/him)
Brian Martinez (he/him)
Brynna Drummond (she/her)
Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
Caylen Braun (he/him)
Kat Stevens (she/her)
L Danger (she/her)
Rhys Davies (he/him)
*Samantha Kerr(she/her)
Sarah Conway (she/her)
Serena Hatch (she/her)
Shaye Steele (she/her)
Trinity Richardson (she/her)

Medea
Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
Daniel Tompkins (he/him)
Hailey Conner (she/her)
Hikari Terasawa (she/her)
Kate Berg (she/they)
L Danger (she/her)
Samantha Kerr (she/her)
Samuel Walmsley-Byrne (he/him)
Terrence Zhou (he/him)
*Yana Vitkovic (she/her)

Philemon and Baucis
*Brandon Pringle (he/him)
*Cassidy Hergott (she/her)
*Ethan DeHoog (he/him)
*Jillian Burke (they/she)
*L Danger (she/her)
*Serena Hatch (she/her)
*Yiorgos Sahamis (no preference)

Orpheus
*Ben Brown (he/him)
*Sarah Conway (she/her)

The Creation
Full Ensemble

Emma Rose Gold (she/her) – rehearsal only

Studio 58 offers professional theatre training for actors and production personnel. The six terms of practical training consist of intensive classroom work as well as performance and backstage experience in productions. Production students and third term acting students operate sound, lighting, and video and act as running crew and stage management.

Assistant Director
Sebastian Ley (he/him)

Stage Management
Assistant Stage Managers – Marielle Ortinez (she/her), Alyson Vance (she/her)

Production
Production Assistant – Jason Su (he/him)

Costumes
Crew Head – Jenna Morgan (she/her)
Crew – Bobby Lachelle Hildebrandt (he/they), Jenna Younghusband (she/her), Michelle Avila Navarro (she/her), Sewit Haile (she/her)

Sound & Lighting
Lighting Crew Head – Andrej Stanojlovic (he/him)
Sound Crew Head – Emma Abbott (she/her)
Crew – Philippa Ryder (they/she), Ella Wood (she/her), Gabe Nemeth (he/him)

Marketing
Crew Head – Francis Santillan (he/him)
Crew – Lynny Bonin (she/her), Kate Kerby (she/her)

Paint
Crew Head – Marianna Zouzoulas (she/her)
Crew – Stef Lott (she/her), Lou Marshall (they/she), Starlynn Chen (she/her), Ana Julia Naves Ururahy (she/her), Kady Yeung (she/her)

Props
Crew Head – Olivia Manojlovic (she/her)
Crew – Yorlene Bernido (she/her), Lucy Jeffery (she/her)

Set
Crew Head – Danica Kobayashi (she/her)
Crew – Carol Chu (she/her), Filip Fufezan (he/him)

Staff and Professional Crew

Artistic Director: Courtenay Dobbie
Associate Director: David Hudgins
Technical Director: Kevin MacDonald
Production Manager: Ruth Bruhn
Communications and Marketing Manager: Halla Bertrand

Scenic Carpenter: Robin Richardson
Lighting Consultant: Keagan Elrick, Key Lighting
Scenic Painter: Emerenne Saefkow
Box Office Managers: Sabrina Banks and Tristen Foy

Acknowledgements

A big thank you to the following people, organizations and companies for supporting Metamorphoses.