This Saturday at 1:15 p.m., UC’s Department of Classics will host a FREE “Classical Conversation,” presented in conjunction with CCM’s Mainstage Series production of Metamorphoses.

Come and take a behind-the-scenes look at the world of Ovid and myth that inspired Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning drama with UC Professor of Classics Lauren Ginsberg.

Zimmerman has often noted how Ovid’s epic of mythological transformations inspired her Tony Award winning stage production. In particular, she is fascinated by how stories removed from us in time and space can help articulate timeless truths about human nature. Ginsberg’s talk will further explore the fascinating Ovidian background to Zimmerman’s text.

The audience will not only learn more about who Ovid was and the times in which he wrote, but will also see first hand the complexity of how Zimmerman refashioned Ovid’s epic into a drama for our time. Ginsberg will focus especially on the theme of “Love Conquers All” that is central to both works and the various ways that each author confronts love’s various struggles and triumphs.

The talk will begin at 1:15pm on Saturday, Feb 8, in Mary Emery Hall 3250 in CCM Village. A performance of Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses will follow at 2 p.m. in CCM’s Patricia Corbett Theater. The CCM production is intended for mature audiences.

For more information about the “Classical Conversation” lecture, click here.

For more information about the CCM Mainstage Series production, click here.

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