Part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival
In this music theater work, the mythology surrounding the Greek character of Persephone--the beautiful and doomed daughter of Zeus and Demeter who was abducted by Hades into the Underworld--is explored through songs, narrative, projections, and instrumental music, all performed in the style of a 19th-century theatrical production.
The title character is played by film and theater actress Julia Stiles (the Bourne trilogy, Oleanna on Broadway); Warren Leight, a Tony Award-winner for Sideman, wrote the book, which highlights the Persephone myth's enduring relevance across centuries and its ability to illuminate ideas about gender, power, mysticism, loss, and the natural world in different ways at different times. The music is a collaboration between composer/performer Ben Neill and vocalist/songwriter Mimi Goese, who also
plays Demeter, and combines samples of works by 19th-century composers with the sounds of
contemporary rock and electronica.