November 8, 2009

A god's plaything

If Jupiter (Zeus) decides to take the form of your husband, will you be able to tell the difference? Alcmene didn't when Jupiter appeared to her as her husband, the Theban general Amphitryon, in Heinrich von Kleist's 1807 play. Mostly a comedy but one which raises metaphysical questions, "Amphitryon" was translated into Tagalog by Jerry Respeto and it was performed by the University of the Philippines' resident student theater group Dulaang U.P. last September as their third play of the season.

stage set of Dulaang U.P.'s Amphitryon

14 comments:

Halcyon said...

I like this photo and I wouldn't mind if my husband had the power of Zeus! :)

Jacob said...

Very dramatic and nicely lit, Hilda!

Leif Hagen said...

Hey, Jacob stole my comment! Drats! Tres bien fait, Hilda! (Jacob doesn't write much French though...)

:: flyingstars :: said...

that's a dreamy shot...nice lighting!


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Dina said...

Your photo makes me want to see the play. Oh, but wait, now it's in Tagalog ...
Kleist, haven't thought about him since my German lit classes in the 60s. :)

the donG said...

havent watch a theater show now for years! if i decide to watch it would be this group or the ones in ccp. but not a priority this time. so clean shot! mind if i ask what camera you're using.

brattcat said...

Thank you for your comment on my site, Hilda. That's the beauty of this community. We get such an intimate view of places around the world, we get to admire and 'try on' other lives as our friends show us their favorite places. This is such a dramatic image. I wonder, do you think you could tell the difference between your husband and Jupiter?

ellievellie said...

Many women in ancient Greece had dreamed and hoped that their lousy husbands are really disguised gods. Kind of save the marriage therapy :)

bfarr said...

Lighting makes for drama. Great shot, Hilda.

James said...

Great photo Hilda. I love the lighting.

White Oleander said...

Woo, I love Greek myths...they're so magical.

Mirela said...

Yup, Jacob said it all! I'd love to have this bed in my bedroom, though I'd probably get tangled up... :-D

Vogon Poet said...

Beautiful image, really magical. (Having no husband, it would be easier for me to spot the naughty god...)

Cezar and Léia said...

humm it's a kind of nightmare or sweet dream, depends on the husband! LOL
Okay just kidding!
Cool cultural event!
oh sweet Hilda, thanks so much for your always kind words in our blog!
We had a beautiful time at Swisland last week , I will prepare some post about it!
God bless you!
Léia