Cronus, or Chronus, was the King of the Titans. He was also the God of Time (we honor him to this day with the word “chronology”). He became the Ruler of the Universe after he castrated his tyrannical father, Uranus. Chronus and his wife/sister Rhea produced the first generation of the Olympian Gods. But Chronus, not surprisingly, feared the potential drawbacks of Fatherhood, and devoured each Olympian baby as soon as it was born. But when the youngest child, Zeus, was born Rhea deceived Chronus by feeding him a stone instead. The baby Zeus was secretly whisked off to a distant island where he could safely grow to manhood. Zeus returned home, and freed his brothers and sisters from Chronus’ belly. All of Chronus’ fears about the younger generation came true: Zeus and the other Olympians waged a successful war, and Chronus and his siblings were imprisoned.
The era of the Titans was over.
“I am Chronus, the God of Time. My own son Zeus thinks he is worthy of being King of the Gods. He wants to overthrow me. He can. He will. But it will take time… and Time is on my side!”
Christian Simonsen’s play, Chronus, is set in the title character’s home. Chronus knows that his grown son Zeus is coming after him. His only chance to escape his fate is to delay it; and being the God of Time, he can. Chronus reaches out, grabs hold of the fabric of time, and collapses it. But this process is not without complications (as his wife Rhea points out: “If you had even once helped me fold the bed sheets that would have been obvious to you!”). It’s true that with the Timeline of the Universe now a squiggle, Zeus’ attack will be, in theory, perpetually delayed. But in practice, the now crushed Space Time Continuum brings all samples of Gods and humans from different historical eras into Chronus’ hearth and home. As a chained Prometheus and a nailed Jesus Christ have a shouting match from opposite walls of the living room as to who the true Savior of Humanity is, Chronus must decide, as all fathers must, if preserving his son’s innocent childhood is better than letting go and allowing the Boy to become a Man… and in so doing, watching his own Immortality become nothing but a Myth. Guest Starring: Charles Darwin, Hannibal, Chuang Tzu, Sigmund Freud and surprise guests TBA.
CHRONUS by Christian Simonsen
Directed by Stuart Bousel
staged reading on December 20, 2012 at 8 PM
Catz Forsman (Chronus)
Allene Hebert (Rhea)
Charles Lewis III (Prometheus)
Matt Gunnison (Jesus)
Anthony Pingera (Ensemble)
Sarah Savage (Ensemble)
Mikka Bonel (Ensemble)
Luna Malbroux (Ensemble)
Jan Marsh (Stage Directions)
Christian Simonsen’s scripts have been produced by the likes of Please Leave the Bronx, 5by5, Pianofight Productions and SF Theater Pub. He contributed two plays to the 2011 SF Olympians Festival: Cassiopeia was a comedic take on mother-daughter relationships based on the myth of Andromeda, Western Civilization’s original “damsel in distress.” Io was a sequel to Aeschylus’ classic play Prometheus Bound. Christian is proud to once again be a part of the SF Olympians Festival, and he is thrilled that his new script Chronus will be sharing the stage with playwright Megan Cohen’s Zeus… this promises to be one weird ass night of theater!