Presented by VORTEX Repertory Company
Conceived and directed by Rudy Ramirez | devised by the Ensemble
Sing Muse - an original a cappella musical - returns to The VORTEX with an all-new production where music and dance, comedy and tragedy, poetry and science come together to retell an ancient story of human love touched by divine inspiration. The VORTEX transforms into the Theatre of Dionysus--in beautiful downtown Athens!
Photo by Errich Petersen
Few remember Thamyris, the once-legendary poet of Ancient Greece who was the first man to fall in love with another man. But the Muses remember. Thamyris claimed he could make art superior to the Muses’ and failed. After defeating him, they sentenced him to an eternity in Hell. However, eternity is a long time, and now The Muses give Thamyris one last chance to redeem himself.
This production of Sing Muse is the next phase of its artistic development. Devised last year, Sing Muse received a workshop production in August 2012. This new Sing Muse combines the best of the first production with new songs, dances, and poetry to reach divine heights.
The ensemble cast features Jonathan Itchon, Chelsea Manasseri, Melissa Vogt-Patterson, Hayley Armstrong, Laura Ray, Karen Rodriguez, Nikki Zook, Leslie Hollingsworth, Michelle Alexander, and Aisha Melhem.
Directed by Rudy Ramirez, Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon, Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony, Choreography by M’bewe Escobar. Music by Chelsea Manasseri, Rudy Ramirez, and Melissa Vogt-Patterson. Musical Arrangements by Chelsea Manasseri. Musical Direction by Chelsea Manserri and Jennifer Coy. PR Photos by Errich Petersen.
- Hayley Armstrong: Urania, Muse of Astronomy
- Nikki Zook: Polyhymnia, Muse of Hymns and Religious Poetry
- Aisha Melhem\: Terpsichore, Muse of Dance
- Michelle Alexander: Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry
- Chelsea Manasseri: Euterpe, Muse of Music
- Leslie Hollingsworth: Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy
- Laura Ray: Clio, Muse of History
- Karen Rodriguez: Thalia, Muse of Comedy
- Melissa Vogt-Patterson: Erato, Muse of Love Poetry
- Jonathan Itchon: Thamyris, a poet
Sing Muse is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.