Metis was Zeus’ first wife and was reputed by all to be as strong and as wise as Zeus himself. She thought up and created the emetic that Zeus gave to his father, Chronus, which caused him to vomit up Zeus’ siblings. However, it was prophesied that Metis would bear Zeus a son and a daughter who would be stronger and wiser than him, and that he would ultimately be supplanted by them. Zeus could not bear this idea and tricked Metis into turning herself into a fly whereupon he swallowed her. Unbeknownst to Zeus, Metis had already conceived Athena whom she brought to term and crafted amour for inside of Zeus.
Metis follows the gestation of Athena in Zeus’ stomach and the devolution of the relationship between Metis and Zeus and asks the question, “How does a relationship alter the identity of the individual? How does a cycle get broken and at what cost? Can anything good come from swallowing your wife?”
METIS by Maria Leigh
staged reading October 28, 2011
Directed by Emlyn Guiney
Maura Halloran (Narrator)
Kai Morrison (Zeus)
Gabrielle Motarjemi (Stage Directions)
Karen Offereins (Metis)
Maria Leigh is a Bay Area actor whose recent work includes artistic collaboration in Mexicali, MX with the Centro Estatal de las Artes. Locally she has worked with many companies including Ragged Wing Ensemble, Rapid Descent Physical Performance Company, La Tropa, Thunderbird Theatre, and San Francisco City College
The image of Metis was created and printed by Liz Conley. You can view her portfolio, here.