"Myths are the earliest forms of science." A vibrant physical theater adaptation of the classical mythology, "Metamorphoses" examines the transformative power of love and desire.

November 15 - 23, 2014
Annie Loui, Director

Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman, 1996) adapted from the classic Ovid poem and includes the story of Eros and Psyche from Lucius Apuleius’ novel Metamorphoses (also called The Golden Ass); as the playwright told Bill Moyers in an interview, “because I love it so much I just had to put it in.” The play was nominated for three Tony awards in 2002 from the production at the Circle in the Square Theater and earned Zimmerman a Tony for Best Direction of a Play.

To metamorphose is to change/undergo transformation by enchantment. Written to be staged as a series of vignettes, Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. Following the myths of Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, and others, it bears witness to the power of love, redemption, and forgiveness. Zimmerman explores links between myth, theatre and therapy. As one character in the play states, “Myth is a public dream!”

Claire Trevor Theatre

Evenings:  Nov. 15, 20, 21, 22        8:00 pm
Evening:  Nov. 19                           7:30 pm
Matinees:  Nov. 16, 22, 23               2:00 pm
General $15 / Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff $14 / UCI Students & Children under 17 $11


Special Q & A Events

Stay after the performance to ask questions and gain insights and inside scoops from the cast, crew, and director about the creative process.

Stay after the performance for special guests, scholars Dr. Giannopoulou and Dr. Karanika from UCI's own departments of Classics and Visual Studies for a lively discussion on myth and its contemporary relevance.


Complimentary shuttle service is provided for our disabled guests or those with mobility issue from the Mesa Parking Structure to the shows scheduled above.

Shuttle services will begin one hour before showtime and will meet patrons on Level Two (Mesa Road street level) of the Mesa Parking Structure, by the elevator. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required.  For additional information, please call the Arts Box Office (949) 824-2787 or email  (Schedules are subject to change. See posted schedule at


Images from the performance:

Jade Payton, Blake Morris, Rosie Brownlow, and Joshua Odess-Rubin in Metamorphoses

Adam Schroeder, Leslie lank, Jade Payton, Maribel Martinez, and Grace Morrison in Metamorphoses

Rosie Brownlow in Metamorphoses

Grace Morrison, Blake Morris, and Adam Schroeder in Metamorphoses

Coliin Nesmith in Metamorphoses

(c) Photos by Paul R. Kennedy

November 15, 2014 - 8:00pm
November 15, 2014 - 10:00pm
November 16, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
November 19, 2014 - 7:30pm
November 19, 2014 - 9:30pm
November 20, 2014 - 8:00pm
November 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
November 21, 2014 - 8:00pm
November 21, 2014 - 10:00pm
November 22, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
November 22, 2014 - 8:00pm
November 22, 2014 - 10:00pm
November 23, 2014 - 2:00pm
November 23, 2014 - 4:00pm