Caeneus - Hampshire College Theatre - Fall 2018
Caeneus is based on a myth from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, which centers around a transgender male character named Caeneus who is granted a wish by Poseidon to have how people perceive his gender transformed in order to have it be more in line with his internal reality. He goes on to join the Jason’s Argo in pursuit of becoming a hero as he has always dreamed. However, things end up being not quite what he expected. Throughout the play, Caeneus seeks to make sense of his own transformation, identity, and relationships, as he grapples with the fact that what he thought was an impossible fantasy is now everyday reality.
I was the Sound Designer for Caeneus and one of my main concepts for the project was to use a combination of playback and live foley to present sounds. One of the main foley objects I wanted for this show was a wind machine. During our production meetings we decided that the wind machine would be used by Caeneus' sister Dotia who spent most of the show on stage as a memory that haunts Caeneus before she officially enters half way through the second act. The wind would be an aural reminder of Caeneus' past that he had left behind.