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Metamorphoses
by Leon Katz
ISBN: 978-1-932482-59-1

A cycle of thirteen episodes told in Story Theater form, a narrator speaking and life-sized puppets performing simultaneously, Metamorphoses tells the stories from Greek mythology—from the first moments of creation to its version of the flood, and the trials, tribulations, and joys during Zeus’ long reign.  It brings to life some of the most memorable episodes and characters in that saga: the Titans, the Cyclops, Zeus himself, Echo and Narcissus, Cupid and Psyche, Theseus, Orpheus and Eurydice, and many, many more.

This version of the stories by playwright Leon Katz is based on the Roman poet Ovid’s epic poem, Metamorphoses, the most popular and witty retelling of the tales in Western literature.

Metamorphoses has an impressive track record. It ran for ten years in the Vagabond Puppets Company’s production and, during that time, toured throughout the U.S. Its appeal has been strong with both young audiences and adults alike and was seen by thousands of theatergoers.

About the Author

Leon Katz is the author of several dozen original plays and adaptations produced in the US and abroad, among them The Three Cuckolds, a commedia dell'arte play which has had over 400 productions internationally, its sequel The Son of Arlecchino, Beds, and The Making of Americans, an opera based on Gertrude Stein's monumental novel with a score by Al Carmines. He has also done translations and stage versions of works by Aeschylus, Ovid, Schiller, Ibsen, Claudel, Strindberg, Proust, Kafka, Joyce and others. Leon Katz currently teaches at UNC-Chapel Hill.