Synchronicity Theatre opens their 15th season with a joint world premiere of The Minotaur. Anna Ziegler penned the modern adaptation of the Greek myth, which will perform later this year as part of a joint world premiere with Rorshach Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Minotaur is a loose adaptation of the myth in which Theseus, with the help of Ariadne, kills the Minotaur and steals Ariadne away with him, off Crete, and into an uncertain future. The play opens with a preview on Thursday, October 25, 2012 and performs at Horizon Theater in Inman Park. Rachel May, Synchronicity Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, will direct the play. The Minotaur is sponsored by Turner Voices.
Synopsis: A rabbi, a priest and a lawyer walk into a Greek myth…and so begins the story of the Minotaur, part man and part bull, who is trapped in the twisting labyrinth. His sister, Ariadne, betrays him. The hero, Theseus, aims to defeat him. In this smart and sexy modern retelling of this famous myth, playwright Anna Ziegler creates a whimsical, haunting and poignant world about how we write the stories of our own lives, and that love, just might, conquer all. By the theatre that brought you last season’s smash hit In the Next Room or the vibrator play, The Minotaur is a theatrical event not to be missed. The Minotaur has been developed at the McCarter Theatre, where it was included in McCarter’s 2010 Lab Festival, in the AracaWorks Reading Series, in the hotINK Festival, and by the Flea Theater, New Georges and the Fire Dept. It was nominated for the 2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award. The cast includes Tony Larkin as the Minotaur, Rachel Frawley as Ariadne and Brandon Partrick as Theseus.
About the playwright: Anna Ziegler’s plays Photograph 51, Dov and Ali, Another Way Home, The Minotaur, BFF, Novel, Evening All Afternoon and Life Science have been, or will be, produced at theaters including: Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, Theater J, DR2 (W.E.T.), The Cherry Lane (Playwrights Realm), Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, SPF, The Fountain Theater, English Theatre of Berlin, Theatre503 (UK), Rorschach Theatre, JET, Vermont Stage, Chester Theatre and Nora Theatre Company. Commissions: Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage and New Georges. Awards: STAGE award, Weissberger Award (finalist), Edgerton New Play Prize, Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize, NYIT Award Nomination for Best Short Play (2011, 2012). Residencies/Workshops: Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theater Project, Arena Stage, PlayLabs (Playwrights Center), Chautauqua Theatre Company, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, Lark Playwrights Workshop, McCarter Playwrights Retreat, Rattlestick Theatre, Araca Group, Old Vic New Voices, terraNOVA Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, Orchard Project, Ars Nova, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Primary Stages, Geva Theatre, New Harmony Project, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival and the New Group. Publications include: New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007 and DPS editions of BFF, Life Science and Photograph 51. Film: Screenplay adaptation of Photograph 51, with Rachel Weisz attached to star, funded by a Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Foundation grant. Education: Yale (BA) and NYU/Tisch (MFA). Website: annabziegler.net
The Minotaur performs at Horizon Theatre October 25, 2012 (preview), October 26, 2012 (opening) to November 11, 2012. Show times are Thursday through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. There is an additional Industry Night performance on Monday, October 29. 2012. For tickets or more information on Synchronicity Theatre, their programming and events, visit www.synchrotheatre.com or call 404-974-3292.