This action adventure re-telling of the myths of Theseus and Icarus explores the nature of leadership and role models through the artistic interpretation of the Lawrence Arts Center’s own Ric Averill.
Theseus is the son of King Aegeus, who pays tribute to King Minos of Crete by sending young men and women to be thrown into the maze built by Daedalus, the father of Icarus, there to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature.
The play supposes that Icarus and Theseus grow up together and seek to become better leaders than their fathers. When Theseus defies his father’s lottery and volunteers to face the Minotaur in battle, Icarus goes along as well. When both young men are in the labyrinth, Icarus uses wings made by his father to escape but the thrill is so great, he flies into the sun and perishes. Theseus faces the Minotaur, and with the assistance of King Minos’ daughter, Ariadne, is able to slay the monster and use the maiden’s ball of yarn to find his way to freedom. The myths together explore the survival concept of ‘fight or flight’ and how that choice can affect an entire community.
February 8th: 7:30pm
February 9th: 3pm and 7:30pm
February 10th: 3pm
Groups +10: $8