by Mary Zimmerman
Directed by Julia Listengarten
Movement direction by Christopher Niess

Step into the modern adaptations of Greek myths with an epic, sensual and bold retelling written by Tony Award winning artist Mary Zimmerman. This passionate tale reimagines classical stories about Midas, Orpheus and Aphrodite, among others, in ways that highlight the struggles and joys of being mortal.

Humanity is at the center of this piece, examining the redemptive power of the ancient myths we have retold for centuries. Gods and mortals alike endure heartbreak, epic conflict and love in this larger-than-life recount. This adaptation brings the classic Ovid poem of the same name to life revealing juxtapositions and parallels between the ancient and the contemporary.

METAMORPHOSES is produced by special arrangement with Bruce Ostler, BRET ADAMS, LTD., 448 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Metamorphoses contains adult language/situations, staged representations of sexual assault and physical violence.

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Performance Schedule

  • Thursday, November 9, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Sunday, November 12, 2023, 2:00  p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Friday, November 17, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023, 7:30  p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2023, 2:00  p.m.
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Based on the Myths of Ovid
Written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman

METAMORPHOSES was originally produced by
Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago, October 1998

Premiered in New York City by
The Second Stage Theatre, New York, September, 2001

Artistic Director: Carole Rothman
Managing Director: Carol Fishman
Executive Director: Alexander Fraser

OVID’S METAMORPHOSES translated by David Slavitt,
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994

Rainer Maria Rilke’s Poem ORPHEUS, EURYDICE, HERMES.
Translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1995 Modern Library.


Julia Listengarten

Movement Director:
Christopher Niess

Associate Director:
Cory Kennedy Barrow*

Music Director:
Nora Lee Garcia

Scenic and Lighting Designers:
Bert Scott, Vandy Wood

Sound Designer:
Kaitlyn Gamory*

Costume Designer:
Katherine Polgar*

Stage Manager:
Kayla Amburgey*

*Theatre UCF student


ALCYONE and others: Gabriella Headley*
THERAPIST and others: Roma Zizza*
EURYDICE and others: Faith Alfieri*
MYRRHA and others: Mia Woods*
APHRODITE and others: Mia Hammond*
ERYSICHTHON and others: Jasper Allen*
MIDAS and others: Jacob Romeo*
ORPHEUS and others: Tyler Stevens*
PHAETON and others: Jonathan Gardon*
HERMES and others: Lauren Schulke*
U/S ALCYONE and others, U/S THERAPIST and others: Ali Macaulay*
U/S EURYDICE and others, U/S MYRRHA and others: Arsheeya Garg*
U/S APHRODITE and others, U/S HERMES and others: Izzy Ellis*
U/S MIDAS and others, U/S ERYSICHTHON and others: Justin Joseph Rotolo*
U/S ORPHEUS and others, U/S PHAETON and others: Luis Montalvo*

* Theatre UCF student

'Metamorphoses' cast headshots
'Metamorphoses' cast headshots
'Metamorphoses' cast headshots
'Metamorphoses' cast headshots
'Metamorphoses' cast headshots


Flute: Nora Lee Garcia
Flute and Piccolo: Andres Díaz*
Flute and Alto Flute: Amanda Wiebelt*
Flute: Abigail Johnson*
Flute and Alto Flute: Marisa Toscano*
Flute: Amelia Grant*

*Theatre UCF student


Stage Managers: Ayana Yokie*, Delayna Wahlberg*, Grace Caudill*
Dramaturg: Chloë Edmonson, Caroline Hull*
Vocal Coach: Vivian Majkowski
Assistant Vocal Coach: Jake Haugland*
Vocal Consultant: Richard Crawley
Assistant Scenic Designer: Matthew Conte*
Assistant Costume Designer: Adam Laws*
Paint Charge: Sophia Debora*
Props Manager: Alex Duffy*
Production Electrician: David Jackson*
Assistant Production Electrician: Emily Duncanson*
Programmer/Light Board Operator: Taylor Falzarano*
QLab Operator: Shelby Rice*
Deck Crew: Amy Lacey,* McKayla Getfield*, Kat Marroquin*, Hannah Silverstein*, Vivianette Rivera-Rodriquez*
Wardrobe Supervisor: Sabrina Rizzo*
Wardrobe Crew: Edgar Sanchez*, Sevannah Clarington*, Owen Tavares-Olivier*, Reese Abrahamoff*, Madison Egan*
Draper: Sam Sherrard*, Caleb Jones*
Production Assistant: Jonas Winter*
Intimacy Coordinator: Elizabeth Smith-Cortelyou


Director of the School and Performing Arts: Michael Wainstein
Theatre UCF Artistic Director: Julia Listengarten
Director of Production: Bert Scott
Undergraduate Coordinator: Kristina Tollefson
Faculty Stage Management Advisor: Claudia Lynch
Faculty Designer/Advisor: Vandy Wood
Faculty Dramaturg/Advisor: Chloë Edmonson
Faculty Music Director: Richard Crawley
Faculty Vocal Coach: Vivian Majkowski
Marketing Communications Manager: McKenzie Lakey
Marketing Coordinator: Jessica Compton
Box Office Manager: Imari Point-Du-Jour
Assistant Box Office Manager: Sami Ramsammy
Production Manager: Gary Brown
Technical Director: Tramaine Berryhill
Assistant Technical Director: Kristen Garza
Production Sound/Advisor: Casey Deiter
Production Sound Assistant: Nick Erickson
Production Electrician: Beth McAshan
Guest Artist Production Electrician: Lizz Pitsley
Costume Shop Manager: Allison Rexrode
Costume Workroom Supervisor: Amanda Roberts
Theatre UCF Artistic Associate: Cory Kennedy Barrow*


House Manager: Hillary Pardey-Hernandez*
Ushering: Faviana Vazquez*, Hannah Schorr*, Zachary Walker*, Joseph Trewin*, Isabella Fedele*, Emilee Dickhart*, Jake Haugland*, Manuella Hurra Canal*
Box Office: Desean Harris*, Riley Woodall*, Francisco Perez*, Mackenzie Smith*, Christian Polastry*, Isabella Fedele*, Erin Greening*, Jasmine Giles*, Dunstan Ashe*, Max Mitchell*, Tori Carson*, Kaitlyn Gill*, Taylor Stark*, Eileen Lee*, Paige Wallace*, Madelyn Dickinson*, Briana Cotton*, Ella Zarilli*, Isabel Gallman*, Taylor Brown*, Alyne Silva Montenegro*, Destiny Nihkole Gonzalez*


Electrics Shop: Reyann Epps*, Michael O’Brien*, AJ Willis*, Madelyn Considine*, Pooja Singh,* Gil Bloom*, Toni Ghirardo*, Natalia Simmons*, Lauren Robinson*, Dennis Colbert*
Scene Shop: Ellie Dolan*, Breana Mejia*, Jameson Stobbe*, Neil Kalef*, Johnny Flannagan*, Re’Anna Love*, Morgan Barkhurst*, Nicolas Zamora*, Matthew Gennell*, Andy Ayup*, Taylor Rutledge*, Kyle Machande*
Sound Shop: Kaitlyn Gamory*, Kaitlyn Gill*, Derik Hawkins*, Alyssa Marrero*
Costume Shop: Caleb Jones*, Sam Sherard*, Analucia Raimont*, Alan Barrett*, Nia Jenkins*, RyAnne Vazquez*, Gabriela Astwood, Dimitri Ware*, Tabi Dennis*, Amanda Hurtuk*, Shayna Wolfer*, Brandon Diaz*, Edgar Sanchez*, Johnny Flannagan*

* Theatre UCF student

Faith Alfieri (EURYDICE and others) is a second-year student in the BFA Musical Theatre program. She has participated in UCF’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Ensemble, U/S Young Inna/Announcer/Sheet) and The Interference (U/S Michelle/Actor#2). Past favorites of hers include The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graff), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy Harris), Chicago (Mona/Lipschitz), One Man Two Guvnors (Dolly) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). @faith_alfieri

Jasper Allen (ERYSICHTHON and others) is a freshman in the BFA Musical Theatre program. This production of Metamorphoses will be his debut on the Theatre UCF stage. Some of his previous theater credits include Les Misérables (Javert), The Wiz (The Cowardly Lion) and Our Town (Stage Manager).

Izzy Ellis (U/S APHRODITE and others, U/S HERMES and others) is a second-year in the BFA Acting program at UCF. She was previously seen in Manor of Death (The Heiress) at the 2023 Orlando Fringe Festival and Home of the Brave (U/S Ty, U/S Dad) at Theatre UCF. Other theatre credits include As It’s Written (U/S Robin) at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2022 and Matilda: The Musical (Bruce Bogtrotter). They are also involved with the Chi Xi Chapter of Alpha Psi Omega at UCF. @izzyeellis

Jonathan Gardon (PHAETON and others) is a fourth-year in the BFA Acting program with a double minor in English Literature and Political Science. He has been recently seen in Theatre UCF's productions of The Interference (Team Member #1), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Young Dogsborough/Hook), Indecent (U/S Lemml, U/S Middle), and Much Ado About Nothing (Messenger, U/S Verges). He was also a part of Project Spotlight's Race to Infinity (Samuel).

Arsheeya Garg (U/S EURYDICE and others, U/S MYRRHA and others) is a first-year double in the BA Journalism program (pending) and the BA Theatre Studies program. She is making her debut on the UCF stage this semester. Some notable theatre credits she has include Our Town (Louella Soames) and Once Upon A Mattress (Lady Larken).

Mia Hammond (APHRODITE and others) is a senior in the BFA Acting program. Her previous UCF credits include: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Defense Council), Pegasus Playlab: Spells of the Sea (Queen/Doctor) and Project Spotlight: Poltergeist (Jacqueline/Kennedy). Some of her other previous credits include Black Comedy (Clea) and The Seagull (Nina).

Gabriella Headley (ALCYONE and others) is a second-year in the MFA Acting program. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Florida Southern College and has been seen on the Theatre UCF stage in  The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Woman) and Go Like Saints (Eliza). Other credits include Wonder World (Guilia) and The Lost Girl (Syliva). She has directed/assistant directed at American Stage, Stagedoor Manor, Theatre UCF, Patel Conservatory, Florida Southern, and CFCArts.

Ali Macaulay (U/S ALCYONE and others, U/S THERAPIST and others) is a senior in the BFA Acting Program. Other credits include The Laramie Project (Romaine Patterson and Others), Side Story (Her Friend), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Sheet), Something Borrowed Something Blue (Miranda), Willie Wonka (Willie Wonka), and Peter Pan (Narrator). She is involved in various TV & film projects and plans to further her acting training after graduation.

Luis Montalvo (U/S ORPHEUS and others, U/S PHAETON and others) is a first-year Theatre Pending student. This is his Theatre UCF debut. Some of his other Theatre credits include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt) and The Little Mermaid (ensemble)

Jacob Romeo (MIDAS and others) is a second-year tin the MFA Acting program. He was recently seen at Theatre UCF in Project Spotlight’s Race to Infinity (Coach Ralph, Mr. Baldinger), as well as The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Ensemble). Other favorite roles include Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Victor in Playing With Fire and Chuck in She Kills Monsters at Berea College, where he earned a B.A. in Theatre.

Justin Joseph Rotolo (U/S MIDAS and others, U/S ERYSICHTHON and others) is a second-year transfer student in the BFA Acting Program. He is Secretary of APO and a BFA Acting Representative for the School of Performing Arts Student Advisory Board. Theatre UCF: Bite Me (Nathan), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Mulberry, U/S Dogsborough, U/S Goodwill, U/S Fish) Florida Southern College: The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan, Co-Sound Designer), Stop Kiss (Peter), Tom Jones (Actor #6). @Justinrotolo

Lauren Schulke (HERMES and others) is currently in her second year in the MFA program at UCF. She holds a BFA from University of Minnesota Duluth and was most recently seen in Twelfth Night (Antonio) with New Generation Theatricals. Past Theatre UCF productions include The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Dockdaisy) and The Interference (Detective O'Dell/Others).

Tyler Stevens (ORPHEUS and others) is a second-year in the MFA Acting program. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been seen on the Theatre UCF stage in As You Like It (Orlando) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Caruther/Greenwool). Professional credits include Rabbit Hole (Jason), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Eugene), Admissions (Charlie) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Rosencrantz). He has won two Richmond Theatre Critic Circle Awards and misses Virginia.

Mia Woods (MYRRHA and others) is a senior in the BFA Acting program. Her previous Theatre UCF credits include Indecent (The Ingenue – Chana), The Grumpiest Boy in the World (U/S Zachary), and the Moment 2 Moment production of The Crucible (Betty).

Roma Zizza (THERAPIST and others) is a second-year transfer student in the BA Theatre Studies program with a Minor in Creative Writing. Their most recent theatre credits include Project Spotlight's Race To Infinity (Deborah), which was presented at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023 at the Dr. Phillips Center and Theatre UCF’s The Interference (Understudy). @romazizza

Reese Abrahamoff (Wardrobe) is a current senior in the BFA Musical Theatre program. He was most recently seen onboard Princess Cruises as a production dancer/featured vocalist in addition to performing as a dancer at Cedar Point in Ohio. Regional: Joseph and...Dreamcoat (Gad, Baker), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl). Theatre UCF credits: The Prom (Barry Glickman), First Date (Choreographer, U/S Man 2, Dance Captain), Shrek The Musical (Mad Hatter, Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain). @reese.abrahamoff

Sevannah Clarington (Show Crew) is a first-year transfer student in the BFA Design & Technology program. Metamorphoses will be her Theatre UCF debut. She has attended the Florida Theater’s Conference in Winter Haven 2022. At her previous institution she was a Scene Shop Assistant.

Taylor Falzarano (Show Crew) is a first-year transfer in the BFA Design and Technology program with a focus in lighting, with Metamorphoses being her Theatre UCF debut. They are a technician at the Orlando Fringe Artspace and was a Stage Manager for Project Spotlight’s One Act Festival this October. @taylorfalzarano

McKayla Getfield (Show Crew) is a fourth-year B.A. Film major, Theatre minor. Metamorphoses is her Theatre UCF debut. She has interned during summer theatre programs at Theatre Winter Haven 2018 & 2019 and worked as Show Crew for Legally Blonde Jr. (Deck Crew) and High School Musical Jr. (Spot Operator). @mckaylakenya

Amy Lacey (Show Crew) is a senior in the BFA Musical Theatre Program. UCF Credits include Bright Star (Alice Murphy), Working (Kate), Scaramouch in Naxos (Columbine), Shrek the Musical (Blind Mouse/Ensemble) and First Date (U/S Allison/Google Girl). Offstage, Amy enjoys being a Theatre UCF dramaturg and assisting with the Dance Minor program.

Katherine Marroquin (Show Crew) is a first-year Theatre-Pending student. Metamorphoses will be her first UCF Theatre show

Vivianette Rivera-Rodriguez (Show Crew) is a first-year transfer in the BFA Stage Management program, Metamorphoses being her Theatre UCF debut. Theater credits include, Mirrored (Buddy), and Deserted (Emmerson).

Owen Tavares-Olivier (Wardrobe) is a senior in the B.A. Theatre Studies program, soon to be transferring into the M.A. program. Metamorphoses is his Theatre UCF show debut. He has performed and has been part of the show crew in over forty shows over the years.

Delayna Wahlberg (Assistant Stage Manager) is a second-year transfer in the BFA Stage Management program. Previous credits include Bite Me (Production Stage Manager), UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023 (Stage Manager) Speed Dating Tonight! (Production Stage Manager), and The Interference (Production Assistant). Other professional credits include Alice in Wonderland (Production Stage Manager) and Mary Poppins (Music Director) with Central Florida Community Arts.

Ayana Yokie (Assistant Stage Manager) is a fourth-year BFA Stage Manager. She recently finished Chicken and Biscuits as the Light Board Programmer. Previous Theatre UCF credits include UCF Celebrates the Arts 2023 (Production Stage Manager), Home of the Brave (Assistant Stage Manager), Welcome to the Moon (Production Stage Manager) and Sombra Del Sol (Assistant Stage Manager). Last season she worked as a Stage Manager for Orlando Shakes’ Playfest. @ayanayokie

Myths, so to say, are public dreams; dreams are private myths.

 – Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman is a contemporary adaptation of Ovid’s Latin narrative poem, originally penned in Rome during the first century. This play weaves together a tapestry of timeless tales, and our performance will take you on a journey through the ethereal realms of love, transformation, and imagination. We invite you to experience each story with the same curiosity and wonder of a child.

Ancient myths, or what Joseph Campbell deemed “public dreams,” are more than mere tales; they serve as expressions of creativity that transcend both time and culture. Our production aims to foster a profound sense of communitas with you, the audience, as we embark on a collective exploration of the human experience. Communitas, a Latin term, signifies the feeling of unity that emerges among individuals who collectively experience something meaningful. Partake with us in the collective ritual of storytelling by immersing yourself in the emotions of our characters and witnessing the remarkable powers of poetry.

Dreams, on the other hand, or “private myths,” can be viewed as internal echoes of the public narratives that shape our worldviews. You'll observe that many of our creative choices are meant to evoke rather than represent, leaving space for your own unique interpretation. Water, a central element in Zimmerman's piece and our stage design, carries profound symbolism: does it represent change or continuity, life or death, chaos or order? Unleash your imagination as you make meaning of these public dreams; in doing so, you might discover the private myths that lie within.

- Caroline Hull, Dramaturg