Amabantur, the Myth of Eros & Psyche

Amabantur launch slides

This story is based on the myth of Eros and Psyche, one of the first examples of a written myth in Western culture (our original source is The Golden Ass, Apuleus, 100 AD). This myth is the foundation of many of the oldest Western fairy tales. It tells of the heroine’s journey.

While the hero’s journey has often been battling and conquering enemies, going to the outside world, the heroine’s journey consists of going down, surrendering, dying to the old, the inner way of transformation. The story begins with the classic line, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”. In this case it is Venus asking the question. The mirror responds that she is no longer the fairest, that Psyche is more beautiful.

Thus starts the conflict, which eventually ends with an enraged Venus sending Psyche to Hell in punishment for falling in love with Eros, Venus’ son. We cast Marilyn Monroe as Psyche, and Elvis as Eros. The show follows the version in The Golden Ass very closely, but with completely modern references and humor.

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