Atlas’ very name translates to “suffrage” and “endurance”, so his was never meant to be an easy life. The eldest son of Titans Iapetus and Clymene, Atlas instructed humanity in the art of astromony. His abundant offspring includes: the many Hesperides, the nine (or fourteen) Hyades, the seven Pleiades, the three daughters – Calypso, Dione, Maera – and one son named Hyas. When the Olympians began their war against the Titans, Atlas’ brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus sided with the young upstarts whilst Atlas himself remained loyal to his fellow Titans. When the war was over, Zeus punished Atlas for his “misguided” loyalty by ordering him to literally hold up the heavens for all eternity. As such, he is often depicted as a man holding the world on his shoulders.
Charles Lewis III’s play, To Do a Good Turn Daily is a serio-comic tale that transfers Atlas’ post-war purgatory from the mountains of Ancient Greece to suburban Northern California, circa 1995. Mr. A, a twice-divorce Viet Nam veteran, was hoping to have a relaxing weekend to himself. Those plans changed with the appearance of three visitors: his hyperactive pre-teen daughter, Callie; his toddler daughter, Mary; and some young punk named Herc who ruined Mr. A’s front porch (he nearly knocked down the pillars!). Whilst Herc attempts to repair the damage he’s done – and not encourage the pretty blatant admiration of Callie – he and Mr. A find they have more in common than either of them would like to admit. One a man of principal with his best days behind him, the other a talented lad with a knack for wasting his great potential.
ATLAS or “Do A Good Turn Daily” by Charles Lewis III
Directed by Charles Lewis III
staged reading December 15, 2012 at 2 PM
Nolan Mecham (Mr. A)
Sunil Patel (Herc)
Carla Pauli (Callie)
Ever see Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo)? Well, if the Bay Area Theatre community were that Spanish orphanage, Charles Lewis III would be that unexploded bomb in the courtyard: no one is sure where he came from and no one knows how to get rid of him, so they just got used to seeing him all the time. Just ask the folks that run the Olympians Fest – it’s his third year being involved and now he’s worked his way up to actually being a writer! The list of theatre companies that often see him in their audiences is far too long to mention. The list of companies who have put him in productions includes ACT, CustomMade, PianoFight, Impact, Cutting Ball, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, New Conservatory, ALTarena, Atmos Theatre, No Nude Men, and TheaterPub at the Café Royale, for which he has both written and performed. (Mathematically speaking Charles Lewis : Acting = Megan Cohen : Writing.) It’s safe to say that as you’re reading this, he’s probably rehearsing for an upcoming show. If you dare, you can find his innumerable film and television credits at (www.IMDb.com/name/nm2565613) and (www.SFcasting.com/BuddyL). Plus he’s got nearly 20 clips to be seen at (www.Vimeo.com/album/1472215).