(Part of a series about creating a new production of “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman at Georgia Shakespeare, summer, 2013.)
It was not your typical Sunday by the pool. For one thing, we never got in the water. For another, the pool was located on the stage of a 500-seat theater (the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University).
Sunday was our first rehearsal on stage – actually an early visit to the stage, because our crackerjack tech crew, led by Production Manager Keith Hinze, has the stage ready for us to use. And that’s saying a lot. “Metamorphoses” takes place in and around a 3,000 gallon pool of water, built to order by Keith’s crew.
We actors spent the morning working poolside, staying on the surrounding deck until the pool is chemically treated. There was plenty to do, even on dry land, and I was captivated by the beauty of everyone’s reflections in the water.
In the afternoon we returned to the hard wooden floor of the rehearsal hall, but the memory of those reflections lingers. Soon we’ll dip our toes, then our bodies, then our souls into the water of this play, drowning – or being baptized? — in the power of myth.
For now, though, it’s enough to sit by the water and reflect.