Photo by Kimberley Mead.

Photo by Kimberley Mead.

SEASON 28 | march 2016

Persephone: A new musical

By Mick D’arcy and Tyler Mabry | Directed by Matthew Patterson
Presented by The VORTEX

This romantic comedy, directed by Matthew Patterson, presents a funny, modern, and refreshing look at an ancient tale. As in the Greek myth, when Persephone disappears into the Underworld, her mother Demeter mourns and searches for her. Without the Goddess, a harsh Winter comes, and people begin to starve. Mick D’arcy has re-visioned Greek mythology with a poignant exploration of the relationship of Hades and Persephone.

Persephone transcends her former maiden role as she becomes Queen of the Underworld and connects with the souls of the dead. Tyler Mabry debuts his dynamic new score for Persephone with a live band. The music ranges from poignant to jaunty, haunting to celebratory. Persephone is reminiscent of the best of the American musical theatre canon.


Chelsea Manasseri as Persephone, Amber Lackey as Demeter, and Gregory Driscoll as Hades. Featuring Justin LaVergne as Zeus, Gina Houston as Baubo, Lana Dietrich as Hecate, Eva McQuade as Hermes, Mackenzy Cade as Iacchus, Glen Fraser as Triptolymus, and Rachel Pallante as Metaneira. Also featuring Annie Kim Hedrick, Corinna Browning, Callie Jane Hacker, Jet Ryan, Michael Wheeler, and Kira Lumiel.


Tyler Mabry, Stevie Trudell, Charlie Tovar, and Josh Wallace.

Production TEAM

Directed by Matthew Patterson. Choreography by Toni Bravo. Scenic Design by Ann Marie Gordon. Lighting Design by Patrick Anthony. Costume Design by Talena Martinez. Sound Design by Adam Gunderson. Prop Design by Helen Parish. Stage Management by Tamara L. Farley. Production Management by Melinda Parr. Managing Director Melissa Vogt. Producing Artistic Director Bonnie Cullum. Book and Lyrics by Mick D’arcy. Music and Lyrics by Tyler Mabry. Production Photos by Kimberley Mead.

This project is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development.