The Water Nymph, played by actor Miss Kitty, introduces audiences to the mythical tales of Ovid in Mary Zimmerman鈥檚 鈥淢etamorphoses,鈥 directed by Psalmayene 24, on stage at Folger Theatre until June 16. (Courtesy of Brittany Diliberto)
The Water Nymph, played by actor Miss Kitty, introduces audiences to the mythical tales of Ovid in Mary Zimmerman鈥檚 鈥淢etamorphoses,鈥 directed by Psalmayene 24, on stage at Folger Theatre until June 16. (Courtesy of Brittany Diliberto)

Greed, romance, misguided wishes, incest, death, reincarnation, and a few laughs against the imagery of water are a lot to figure out in 鈥淢etamorphoses,鈥 a new production at the Folger Theatre. This sounds like a lot to take in, but that鈥檚 part of the enjoyable attraction of 鈥淢etamorphoses,鈥 which runs until June 16.

This production of 鈥淢etamorphoses” consists of 15 books. Almost every cast member plays multiple roles. That sounds like a lot, but the play is less than 90 minutes long. 

This production features an all-Black cast for the first time in Folger Theatre鈥檚 history.

鈥淭his production aims to celebrate Black life and culture through the lens of Mary Zimmerman鈥檚 marvelous script,鈥 explained director Psalmayene 24. 

Adapter and playwright Zimmerman molded Roman poet Ovid鈥檚 鈥淢etamorphoses鈥 for the stage. 

Ovid鈥檚 play is said to have been one of Shakespeare鈥檚 favorites. 

Director Psalmayene 24 brought African diaspora content to the production, opening the play with an African dance led by a Water Nymph character. 

The stage design by Lawrence E. Motten, III, makes great use of cascading stairs to increase the impact of key characters changing the mood between vignettes. To give a contemporary feel to scene changes, Psalm incorporates various R&B and Black pop hits like a mashup of James Brown and Michael Jackson, then Rotary Connection for the wrapup.

鈥淢etamorphoses鈥 at the award-winning Folger Theatre should be seen. It is a fast-paced play that says a lot about the path your mind and heart can take you.

For tickets and performance schedules, go to Folger Theatre at .

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