Europa is perhaps most famous for her abduction. She is one of many of Zeus’s lovers to be seduced by Zeus when he was in the guise of an animal. In this case, a large tame bull. When he, as the bull, had convinced her of his gentleness, she climbed on his back. Classical portraits depict her attendants crying out as Zeus then takes to the sea with Europa on his back. He takes her to Crete where he reveals himself to her, showers her with gifts, and crowns her the Queen of Crete. There she would stay, the patron goddess of that island, renown for her beauty, her open mind and her wisdom.
In Claire Rice’s take on the myth, we find Europa and Zeus at the end of their affair. Having come to Crete for a holiday, they now find themselves at a cross roads. Either Zeus will stay with Europa or return to his wife. He places the decision in Europa’s hands. She must either let go of a man she loves or love a man who doesn’t want to stay.
EUROPA by Claire Ann Rice
staged reading October 28, 2011
directed by Neil Higgins
Xanadu Bruggers (Europa)
Kai Morrison (Zeus)
Karen Offereins (Stage Directions)
Claire Rice was born and raised in New Mexico. She earned her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Eastern New Mexico University in Performance in 2003. She moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University where she earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Playwrighting in 2006. Thunderbird Theatre Company produced Claire’s first full length play, Pride and Succubus, in the summer of 2008. Also in 2008 she started a small theater company with Gabrielle Gomez, Ann Marie Productions, with the goal of producing their own work and the work of our friends. AMP produced five shows including Claire’s own play It Ain’t Me. Most recently Ann Marie Productions produced, with Claire directing, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Lost My Virginity by Aileen Clark and John Caldon at the Exit Theatre this last November. Claire’s play Demeter was produced as a reading No Nude Men’s SF Olympians Festival in 2010. She will always be working on an adaptation of David Copperfield and recently began working on a comic book with artist Cody Rishell.
The image of Europa was created and printed by Liz Conley. You can view her portfolio, here.