Welcome to Ancient Rome, where the men mingle in the lives of gods and gods meddle with the lives of men! Powerful, vain Venus thinks that a beautiful mortal Psyche is stealing her thunder and curses her marrying her off to a monster but is foiled by her own son, Cupid, who pretends to be the monster and falls in love with Psyche. Spoiled teenager Propserpine wants to escape the Mother of all Smothering Moms: Ceres, also known as Mother Nature. She sees her opportunity arise when the baddest of bad boys arrives on Mt. Olympus, Pluto – god of the underworld. Lovelorn and sensitive, Pluto’s surrounded by souls – but can’t find a soulmate. Prosperpine jumps at the chance to escape, but without thinking through her actions. Can love survive going to hell and back?
Add to this a vibrant cast of characters – a sculptor who falls for his statue, a self-absorbed suitor who can’t take his eyes off himself, a nymph who always has to have the last word, a wisecracking half-goat sidekick, a trio of muses who’d put the Supremes to shame, a rapping Cyclops, and even Jupiter himself – a golden boy “bro” who’d rather be surfing than ruling over Rome – and you get a story about how if you take the time to look beneath the surface, you just might find love. This is one you don’t want to “myth”!
When in Rome was performed in November 2015 at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, NH.
Written by Jodi Picoult and Kyle van Leer
Music by Ellen Wilber
Lyrics by Jodi Picoult