Join Institute faculty member Liz Warren in the Studio Theatre of the
Performing Arts Center for a series of performances of myths from around
Each performance begins at 6:30 with the telling of the myth, followed by a
discussion of the story and its major themes.
September 20 – The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Mesopotamian story of Gilgamesh is preserved on
clay tablets dating back over four thousand years. It is
the world’s oldest epic and yet it deals with themes that
continue to fascinate us: family, friendship, duty and
most importantly our struggle with the fear of death.
October 18 – Theseus, the Minotaur, the Labyrinth and Beyond
The Story of Theseus and Minotaur has almost everything a
person could want in a Greek myth: a great monster, a beautiful
princess, a strong hero, powerful gods and goddesses, wily
kings and crafty inventors, love and betrayal, sex and death –
well, you get the idea. After the performance, the labyrinth will
be available for walking.
November 8 – The Story of the Grail
The Story of the Grail has captivated people for
hundreds of years, and the questions it poses are as
relevant today as they were when it was written. With
its roots in the Celtic oral tradition of heroes and
magical cauldrons, the story emerged in 12th century
Europe at a time of great cultural, technological and
spiritual change – a time not unlike our own.