Haydn's Philemon und Baucis, oder Jupiters Reise auf die Erde is based on the story of Baucis and Philemon by the ancient poet Ovid. The plot is sort of the least important part of the picnic operetta (the most important parts being the music, the performances, the gorgeous outdoor setting, and the food, not necessarily in that order), but here's how Mixed Precipitation describes the plot of the show:
Returning from space exploration in a far off galaxy, space cadets Jupiter and Mercury return to earth to find humanity decimated by plague. Surviving citizens are cold, suspicious, and hooked on banality. Our gods-in-disguise prowl about town looking for someplace to unveil their gender-bending extravaganza. No one will give these gods a chance but the down-trodden tavern of Philemon and Baucis.So tavern owners and old married couple Philemon and Baucis (Alejandro Magallon and Anna Hashizume) display their hospitality by welcoming the disguised gods, aka Zeus and Hermes (Isaac Bont and Maddie Neal), when no one else will. As a reward, their deceased bug children, the newly married Aret and Narcissa (Roland Hawkins II and Joni Griffith), are returned to them, which doesn't solve the larger problems that the earth is facing. The story is charmingly told by Ovid himself (Collin Woolson), as we travel through this quirky and at times poignant little tale.
|the cast of Philemon and Baucis, saving the planet,
one show at a time (photo courtesy of Mixed Precipitation)
|photo credit: @cherryandspoon Instagram
Philemon and Baucis: Planet in Peril will visit locations just as lovely as this in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Eagan, St. Louis Park, Hastings, Winona, and more in the next six weeks (full schedule and ticket reservations here). Don't miss this a delightful and unique experience of #TCTheater, delicious food, and nature!
|Five courses: spicy watermelon, delicious zucchini cupcake,
a light and refreshing elixir, kombucha tea jello, broccolini