When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 27 2014
Scholars opine that no work of literature has exerted quite the influence on European culture and art as Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Without his magnum opus, there would have been no Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, Canterbury Tales or Decameron. It would be difficult to imagine most of Shakespeare’s works without it. Deep in the tradition of cribbing the work of the greatest Roman poet is Naomi Iizuka, who, in 1997, wrote Polaroid Stories, a retooling of Metamorphoses set in the present-day United States. Filled with mini moral tales, nontraditional love and, of course, transformations, Polaroid Tales uses its source material to illuminate contemporary problems like street life and urban decay. HomeGrown’s production stars an ensemble cast featuring Jaime Nebeker, Jen Stockwell Doner, Loren Jones, Veronica Von Tobel, Leah Reynolds, Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, Kelly Lynae Robinson, Chad Ethan Shohet, Adrian Leon and Kyle Daniel Barrow, who also directs. This edgy theatrical take on an already edgy poem is well worth rendering unto Caesar for a ticket.