In the earliest days of Greek mythic history, the area of the Peloponese west of Athens was ruled by twin brothers: Proius, whose palace was at Tyrins, and Acrisios, who had ruled from Argos. Acrisios had one child, a daughter named Danae. When he received a prophecy that he would be killed by his own grandson, Acrisios locked Danae away from the sight of men in a brass underground chamber. But Zeus, the thunder god saw her in prison, and was attracted to her. Transforming himself into a shower of gold, the god poured through the roof of the chamber, and in this form, he united with Danae. In the course of time, she gave birth to Perseus.
Enraged, Acrisios took mother and child, locked them in a chest, and set them adrift on the ocean to die. However, the chest floated to the island of Seriphos, where it was netted by a fisherman named Dictys, who opened the chest and found them both alive. Polydectes, the ruler of the island, fell in love with Danae and demanded that she become his wife.
Our play begins years later when Perseus, young and brave, though a little too boastful, is sent to retrieve the head of the fearsome gorgon, Medusa to save his mother. He must first find The Three Sisters, who share an eye and a tooth to find out where Medusa lives.
The Adventures of Perseus is performed with a stunning combination of Bunraku puppets, marionettes and masked puppeteers.
We are so excited to giving away a family four pack of tickets to an upcoming performance of The Adventures of Perseus.
Performances of The Adventures of Perseus take place in the Winningstad Theatre at the Portland Center for Performing Arts.
Show times and dates are:
Friday, November 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 10 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Sunday, November 11 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Saturday, November 17 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
Sunday, November 18 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Show up at least 30 minutes prior to matinee showtimes for free puppet crafts in the lobby.
Tickets are $17 for children, $21 for adults, and $16 for groups of 8 or more.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.tojt.org or by calling 503-248-0557.
Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theatres, known internationally for its innovation and excellence. Each year the programs of the theatre serve over 100,000 children and adults. The company was originally founded in Hawaii in 1971 by Reg and Janet Bradley. In 1973 the Bradley’s returned to the Portland area accompanied by Norman and Dale Kaneko and began touring throughout the Northwest. Tears of Joy is a resident company in the Winningstad Theatre at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts. It also continues to tour widely throughout the West as well as offering a variety of educational programs in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Tears of Joy Theatre has received a Washington State Governor’s Arts Award and a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for its “exemplary commitment to arts in education.” Four of the theatre’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, The Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA.
posted by Tabitha Rhodes