March 10 –
April 2, 2017
Produced by Bridgette Dutta Portman, Patrick Moyroud, and Wm. Diedrick Razo
Directed by Amy Crumpacker
Thurs. - Sat. nights at 8p
Sun. afternoons at 2p
Caeneus & Poseidon
By Bridgette Dutta Portman
Caeneus & Poseidon is a world-premiere play in verse about a transgender hero from Greek mythology. Caeneus begins his life as Caenis, assigned female at birth. After the sea-god Poseidon grants his wish for a new body, Caenis - now Caeneus - feels compelled to hide his former identity from all but his closest friend, Hippodamia, as he seeks the acceptance of his kinsmen and community. But as he and Hippodamia begin a relationship that challenges their society’s strict social order, and as a vengeful Poseidon works behind the scenes to bring about Caeneus’ downfall, the young man must find the strength to openly embrace his identity and his past. Caeneus & Poseidon is a world premiere originally written for the 2012 San Francisco Olympians Festival.
Nicky Martinez as Caeneus
Micheal Wayne Rice as Poseidon
Sharon Shao as Hippodamia
Alexander Ortiz as Latreus
Daniel Joyce as Pirithous
Scott Kravitz as Elatus
Regina Kohl as Nereid
Mylissa Malley as Nereid
Elena Ruggerio as Nereid
Director - Amy Crumpacker
Stage Manager - Polina Litvak
Assistant Stage Manager - Alexander Ortiz
Scenic Designer - David Donovan
Technical Director - Charles McKeithan
Lighting Designer - Leanna Keyes
Costume Designer - Lindsey Eiffert
Sound Designer - Jonathan Covey
Fight Choreographer - Sydney Schwindt
Graphic Designer - Ashley Ramos
Script Consultants - Roman Rimer and Kazimir Valtchev
Photographer - Scott Ragle
Pay what you will preview on Thurs., March 9th at 8p
Opening night performance with post-show reception on Fri., March 10th at 8p
Post-show discussion with the cast and director Sun., March 11th
Two Special Events for Caeneus & Poseidon:
Greek Mythology Night
On Saturday, March 11, it’s all about mythology! Sample Greek appetizers and come dressed up as your favorite mythological character (Greek or otherwise) for a chance to win a prize in our costume contest. Then join us pre-show for a talk by Bay Area playwright and director Stuart Bousel, founder of the San Francisco Olympians Festival, about the mythology behind the characters of Caeneus and Poseidon. Playwright Bridgette Dutta Portman will also discuss how the play both borrows from and departs from the original myth. Show up at 7 pm for the costume contest; talk begins at 7:30.
Gender Identity Panel
Join us following the matinee performance on Sunday, March 26, for a panel discussion on gender identity and what it means to be transgender, genderfluid or nonbinary in today’s society. Speakers include actor Nicky Martinez, actor and radio host Roman Rimer, actor and model Carmin Anna Cole, and Trans Lifeline co-founder Greta Martela. Twenty percent of box office proceeds from this performance will be donated to Trans Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping transgender people in crisis (https://www.translifeline.org).
This production rating and runtime is pending.
This show is sponsored in part by the Arch & Bruce Foundation, Theatre Bay Area, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the San Mateo County Arts Commission, and Dr. Katharine Miller.