Asclepius

by Ellen Stewart

directed by Ellen Stewart

Asclepius - directed by Ellen Stewart 

In Ms. Stewart's adaptation of this classic Greek tale, Asclepius is the son of the mortal Coronis, who was raped by the god Apollo. Angered by Coronis' agreement to raise the child with her true love, mortal Ischys, Apollo's twin sister, Artemis, kills Coronis. Although Apollo tries to stop his sister he, can not save Coronis. Apollo puts Coronis on a funeral pyre and, as she is burning, he reaches into the flames and takes the baby from Coronis' womb. Asclepius is sent to be raised in nature by the centaur Chiron, who teaches the boy about herbal medicines and the lore of the woods. The adult Asclepius uses herbs given to him by snakes to bring a king's son back from the dead, angering his brother, the god of the underworld Hades, who is jealous of Asclepius' ability to use medicine to ward off death, and thus orders Asclepius' death. In fact, this rarely told story of the father of medicine is rife with incest, murder, betrayal, passion and unrequited love. Asclepius' story inspired the familiar serpent-entwined-staff insignia used today by hospitals and doctors worldwide as a symbol of excellence in medicine. ASCLEPIUS features music composed by Ellen Stewart, with additional music by Michael Sirotta, Yukio Tsuji, and Heather Paauwe, performed by live musicians. The production features choreography by Federico Restrepo, puppets by Theodora Skipitares, light design by Federico Restrepo, scenic consultants Mark Tambella and Jun Maeda, and sound design by Tim Schellenbaum. This presentation of ASCLEPIUS represents a continuation of La MaMa E.T.C. and The Great Jones Company's tradition of contemporary interpretations and adaptations of the classics. The production will retain the inimitable international flavor that is a trademark of Ellen Stewart's body of work at La MaMa, with a multi-ethnic cast consisting of over a dozen artists from Colombia, Italy, Japan, Germany, China, Korea, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Republic of Congo, Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. The cast includes George Drance, Cary Gant, Denise Greber, Allison Hiroto, Onni Johnson, Michael Lynch, Benjamin Marcantoni, Matt Nasser, Prisca Ouya, Eugene the Poogene, Frederico Restrepo, Valois, Meredith Wright, Perry Yung, and Kat Yew.

Performances: 

 5/28/2009 at 7:30pm
 5/29/2009 at 7:30pm
 5/30/2009 at 7:30pm
 5/31/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/4/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/5/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/6/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/7/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/11/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/12/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/13/2009 at 7:30pm
 6/14/2009 at 7:30pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
Running time 1hr. 30min. 

 

Producing Organization: LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club  
Website www.lamama.org  
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