Exciting News! The script submission window is now open! Please, read the guidelines below and send us your play! We want to hear from YOU!
Please, take a look at the list of themes and suggested corresponding Ovid's stories. Choose the one(s) that interest you most. Write a short play (up to 20mins) inspired by the chosen myth(s) – it could be an adaptation / modern take / deconstructed version or simply your own response to it. We are interested in the stories that reflect our times and are rooted in an easily recognisable social context. The common thread to all the plays (regardless of the theme you chose) is a ‘transformation’ a.k.a. metamorphosis. Ground-breaking form, elements of visual/physical/abstract theatre and bold choices are encouraged. We also accept the musical scripts. Plays previously performed will also be considered, however we ask writers to stay open to a new interpretation and cast/crew.
I) POWER OF THE ARTS
Suggested topics: lack of artistry can cause big-scale conflicts; art enables people to communicate their deep feelings; art can raise awareness of the social & political issues and provoke people to act in response; the artists escape the misery of death by living on forever in their own creations.
Corresponding Ovid's stories/myths: Orpheus; Apollo; Pygmalion; Philomela
II) GENDER TRANSITIONS AND DISGUISES
Suggested topics: gender identity; gender transition process; gender disguise as a way of seduction or escape from some responsibilities (e.g. protection from going to war); gender transition as a form of 'punishment' by gods.
Corresponding Ovid's stories/myths: Achilles and Thetis; Vertumnus and Pomona; Jupiter and Callisto; Teiresias; Sarmacis and Hermaphroditus
III) INTERACTION OF GODS & MORTALS
Suggested topics: abuse of power; 'glass ceiling'; big-scale catastrophes and the question of 'why do gods allow us to suffer'; injustice in the world; media bias (e.g. misleading way of presenting certain situations only from one perspective, without showing 'the big picture').
Corresponding Ovid's stories/myths: Arachne and Minerva; Jupiter and his rape victims; Flood
IV) DOUBLE PUNISHMENT
Suggested topics: gang rape & consequences; social situation of women in many 3rd world countries; lack of gender equality; rape culture & rape-blaming.
Corresponding Ovid's stories/myths: Juno's vengeance on women raped by Juniper
V) LOST SPEECH
Suggested topics: some of the disasters could have been averted through speech; metaphorical 'loss of speech' equals 'loss of identity'; power of rhetoric's; underrepresented communities and their 'unheard voices'.
Corresponding Ovid's stories/myths: Philomela; Echo; Orpheus and Ulysses
Interested? Please, send your play(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Metamorphoses 2 - Script Submission' as well as the synopsis of your piece(s) and your short bio by noon on Thursday 17th of May. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.