Adonis and the Gods at War

Created by Iris MacKay | Produced by Lockpick Theatre | Origin: Ottawa, Canada
La Nouvelle Scène – Studio B
14 + fees

Show Details

How do you love a god? Wholly, completely, and without regard for the future. But after seventeen years of living amongst the Gods, Adonis starts to wonder if he wants more from life than to be a spoil of war. This retelling of the myth of Adonis and Aphrodite weaves a powerful story about power, choice, and agency.

Content Notes

Adonis and the Gods at War depicts an emotionally abusive relationship with a significant age and power disparity. There are several mentions of incest consistant with greek mythology, though it is not depicted onstage. A character is thrown to the ground and threatened in the show, and at one point there is an injury where a character is visibly bleeding.

A script sample and extended content note are available for this show. This show will have masked performances on Friday June 14th at 8:30pm and Saturday June 22nd at 7:00pm

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  • Thursday, June 137:00PM
  • Friday, June 148:30PM
  • Saturday, June 152:00PM
  • Sunday, June 163:30PM
  • Wednesday, June 196:00PM
  • Friday, June 217:00PM
  • Saturday, June 227:00PM
  • Sunday, June 236:30PM
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7 responses to “Adonis and the Gods at War

  1. Wow!

    We had the pleasure of seeing the show last night and it was the best entertainment per dollar that we’ve ever received!

    The actors were phenomenal, the story was compelling and the whole production was worthy of our highest praise!

    You really need to see this one, folks.

  2. Saw this show today and really impressed. Terrific acting, compelling story and what an ending!

  3. This was a delightful show. Cast works well together and tells an intriguing using gods and humans. Beautiful set design and lovely costumes. If you enjoy Greek mythology even a bit this is one to watch!

  4. Last Thursday, a friend and I went to see this play premiering at the Ottawa Fringe Festival where the alchemy between public entertainment and culture was a plus.
    The play revolved around Adonis, the mortal lover of the goddess Aphrodite, and Ares, the Greek god of war who resented the relationship between the aforementioned characters.
    Although I am not a Greek mythology buff, I found this love triangle’s story fascinating. It reminded me of the cult existentialist French play ‘No Exit’ from Jean-Paul Sartre who also probably got his inspiration from the work of the Roman poet Ovid, but which features two women and one man.
    I was particularly impressed by the superlative work of the director and playwrite, Iris MacKay, as well as the stage manager, the sound designer and the actors which were all outstanding.
    It was an enjoyable, culturally enlightening and memorable evening that I would recommend to anyone. Bravo!

  5. I went to see Adonis and the Gods at War on opening night and thought it was amazing. I’m really happy that I went to see it and highly recommend it.
    In two words a MUST SEE

  6. A stunning set, evocative costumes, and wonderful chemistry between actors brings the classic myth to life in a smooth, lovely way. Really good eye for detail throughout.

  7. I loved this play. I thought the writing and staging were excellent. The themes of power in relationship: sexual, physical, personal, and power over destiny, were explored in a nuanced and compelling way. The actors were convincing and carried the script very well, with Aphrodite particularly shining. The play was fresh, original, and completely captured my attention. A great theatrical experience! Bravo!!

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