Amphitryon
Adapted by Molière I Translated by A.R. Waller
Directed by Carol Ann Tan
Sponsored by Eaton Peabody

I laughed so hard, I fell over backward.- Voltaire
Jupiter, the king of the gods, is obsessed with a mortal woman, Alcmena. To woo her, he assumes the bodily form of her husband Amphitryon. When the real Amphitryon returns home victorious from the Theban War, he finds his conquering hero welcome has been usurped by another…him. The blend of high comedy and slapstick that follows unlocks a Pandora’s box of ideas about love, marriage, and power.

Schedule

Thursday, July 14, 7:30 p.m. (Preview/ Monmouth Night)
Friday, July 15, 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 23, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. (*Winery Wednesday)
Sunday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion to follow)
Tuesday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 14, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, August 19, 1:00 p.m. (Closing Night)

*Winery Wednesday performances will take place outside under a tent at WillowsAwake Winery. 10 Leeds Junction Rd. Leeds, ME 04263

 

Production Team

 


Carol Ann Tan (Cat)
Director

Zane Alcorn
Asst. Stage Manager

German Cardenas-Alaminos
Set Designer


Jen Fok
Lighting Designer


Michelle Handley
Costume Designer

Sophie Harrington
Asst. Stage Manager

Ingrid Pierson
Stage Manager

Lorraine Slone
Fight, Intimacy, Movement Director

Paige Stone
Props Master

Rew Tippin
Sound Designer
   

Cast


Erin Amlicke
Jupiter

Trezure Coles
Alcmena


Joey Dolan
Naucrates


Rebecca Ho
(Night)

Caitlin Ort
Cleanthis

Roberto Perez
Sosia

Jamie Saunders
Mercury

Michael Dix Thomas
Amphitryon

 

From the Director

What are the effects and consequences of unfettered power—on those who wield it, as well as on those who are subject to it?

On the surface, Molière’s Amphitryon is a comedy of mistaken identities: two men, Sosia and Amphitryon, variously return home to discover that their names have been stolen by none other than the Greek gods Mercury and Jupiter respectively. In this world ruled by deceit and confusion, Molière has invited us to embrace contradiction, subversion, incongruity—in short, pure chaos. But at the heart of Amphitryon, the truth is anything but funny. And the truth is, Jupiter is pretending to be Amphitryon in order to sleep with Amphitryon’s wife, Alcmena.

In a right world, injustice would be met with justice; it would be beyond satisfying to see entitled fools who abuse their power get their comeuppance. But while the world of Amphitryon may live a step beyond reality, ultimately Molière was never interested in untruths. Often, those in power will fail those without. Often, those in power are motivated by malice, not care. Often, those in power cannot be punished. To all of this, Molière asks: Now what?