Eos was the goddess of the dawn, often referred to as “rosy-fingered”. She was the daughter of Hyperion and Theia, the sister of Helios (the Sun) and Selene (the Moon) making her one of the second-generation of Titans. Eos rose up into the sky from the river Oceanos at the start of each day and dispersed the mists of night. She was sometimes depicted riding in a golden chariot drawn by winged horses, at other times she was shown borne aloft by her own pair of wings. Eos had an unquenchable desire for handsome, young men; some say as the result of a curse laid upon her by the vengeful goddess Aphrodite for attempting to lure away her own lover, the war-goad Ares. According to various traditions the lovers of Eos included Orion, Phaethon, Kephalos and Tithonos, three of which she took away to distant lands. The Trojan prince Tithonos became her official husband and the goddess petitioned Zeus for his immortality. However, she neglected to request eternal youth. In time Tithonos was so shrivelled up by old age he turned into a grasshopper. In Roman mythology Eos was called “Aurora”.
EOS by Kendra Arimoto
staged reading October 15, 2011
Directed by Stuart Bousel
Kelley B. Greer (Eos)
Brian Martin (Tithonus)
Kendra Arimoto (Director), MFA Playwriting Candidate at Smith College, graduated from Stanford University (BA Drama ‘05) where she won the Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, and the Edoga Prize for Creative Arts Work Involving Social Issues. Kendra also trained at American Conservatory Theatre (Summer Training Congress ’03). Her 35+ production history includes performances for One4All: SF Asian American Theatre Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pacific Repertory Theatre, Stanford Shakespeare Society under the direction of Ed Iskandar, and San Francisco’s highly acclaimed No Nude Men Productions under the direction of Stuart Bousel. Favorite roles include the title roles in Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, Princess in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Nora in A Doll’s House, Mrs. Darcy in One Flea Spare, Inez in No Exit, Ruth in Mathew 33:06, and Cihuatateo/Tattooist in Hungry Woman: Mexican Medea directed by Cherríe Moraga and Adelina Anthony. She was a host for MacBreak and Local Wisdom and starred in a number of indie films, commercials and print ads. As a playwright, her first full-length play No Traveller Returns received an EarlyStages reading at the Berkshire Fringe 2009. An adaptation of Natsume Sōseki’s Kokoro and an excerpted reading of Model Minority were featured at the Smith College New Play Reading Series 2009 and 2010. Scarlet P, a one act was produced at the Smith College One Acts Festival and directed by Jeffrey Stingerstein. Shikataganai (It Can’t Be Helped) is the winner of the James Baldwin Fund Prize for Multi-cultural Playwriting 2010 and received staged readings at the WORD! Festival and Smith College New Play Reading Series 2010. Next up: Writing a ten minute play with the mentorship of Marcus Gardley at the WORD! 2011 Playwriting Workshop.
The image of Eos was created by Cody Rishell. You can view his portfolio here.