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The Onassis Foundation and TRAX from PRX have announced a new season of Live from Mount Olympus, created in partnership with the Brooklyn-based theater company the TEAM. The podcast series will run for 10 episodes releasing every Tuesday.
Combining the artistry of some of the foremost contemporary theater-makers with the timeless stories of Greek myth and the imaginative power of audio, Live from Mount Olympus is an adventure for tweens and families of all ages.
This season, dramatizing the myth of Persephone, Tony winner Rachel Chavkin and Keenan Tyler Oliphant co-direct a cast including Joanne Hernandez as Persephone, Tony winner André De Shields as Hermes, with performers from the TEAM and alumnae of Epic Theatre Ensemble programs**.** Celebrated actors Anna Kendrick and Isabella Rossellini make cameo appearances, as Eos and Iris, respectively.
Live from Mount Olympus Season 2 begins as Persephone longs for the chance to do more than paint the flowers that bloom spontaneously in a kaleidoscope of colors as she trails behind her mother, Demeter, the goddess who makes everything grow. When Persephone breaks free to join her friends Artemis and Athena for a picnic, she is suddenly stolen away to the underworld, full of powerful gods and misunderstood monsters, by Hades, who, unbeknownst to her, has been been given her hand in marriage by her father, Zeus. On her own for the first time, Persephone struggles to find her way in the world below. In her grief, Demeter tears apart the world above to bring her daughter back to the sunlight, and nothing grows. And when nothing grows, humans starve. Will the gods resolve their conflicts so humanity can survive?