“The Demeter and Persephone myth had such a profound impact on ancient society that the effects are still being felt. That’s why the show is more than a retelling of an ancient story. To me, it’s a warning from the past that if we don’t bring the masculine and feminine perspectives into harmony, the environmental catastrophe into which the world is falling will not be healed.” Ann Mortifee
An Ancient Myth for Modern Times
Created by Ann Mortifee, in collaboration with Edward Henderson and David Feinstein
The Mysteries re-visions the ancient Greek myth of the goddess Demeter, and her beautiful daughter, Persephone, who was abducted to the underworld. The original myth held a sacred role in Greek society for over 2,000 years. Its themes of aggression, devastation of the earth, and duplicity had a profound impact on western culture that remarkably, is still being felt today.
“Ann Mortifee’s The Mysteries is worthy of the gods. Its brilliant cadences of words and song, its cornucopia of fruit streaming from the mind and soul of Ann Mortifee’s genius, and its sheer gifts of originality and surprise grant us wildly creative breakthroughs into what musical theater can be. It is a revelation, an epiphany, and a grand good time.” – Jean Houston, Ph.D
A Showcase of Music from THE MYSTERIES is taking place at the historic Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage theatre in Vancouver, 7 pm, June 12, 2017.
The event is made possible by Touchstone Theatre’s event In Tune 2017, which develops and showcases new Canadian musicals, and the Arts Club Theatre Company.
CHORUS (as temple initiates, shades, background singers, Greek chorus, phantoms, Baptist choir and cabaret singers) NOTE: Special thanks are extended to Siri Olesen and musica intima vocal ensemble for their support.
Link HERE for cast and musician bios.
For Arts Club Theatre Company: Artistic Director Bill Millerd, Literary Assistant Veronique West, Dramaturge Rachel Ditor, and Artist Liaison Stephanie Hargreaves.
Thanks also to Dramaturge Peter Hay.