We’re very proud of the six complete rock operas that we have produced over the past 14 years. They are an ever improving spectacle, a labor of love, and an inspiring example of “found objects” art.
Rite of Jupiter (2016)
Hebe – shocked by her loss of position to Ganymede – wanders alone in the wilderness. She meets Agave and Autonoe leading a group of Maenads (worshippers of Dionysus – the dying and resurrected god of wine and ecstasy). Together, they discover a traveling circus wherein the Greco-Roman gods are disguised in human form: “Centrum in Centri Trigono” (Jupiter), “the Sphynx” (Venus), “Hermanubis” (Mercury), and “Typhon” (Mars). The gods are in hiding from Jupiter’s father, Saturn, as they build their strength to challenge Him for the throne of Olympus.
Hebe and the Maenads wander the circus, bewildered by all the spectacles of creation and wonder how all these manifold beings could come from one creative source: “the center of the wheel.” They yearn for the Banquet of Jupiter – the communion with the divine – but He informs them that no one can receive His mysteries until they can balance the differences within them. Typhon seeks an external reunification; Hermanubis seeks within by channeling his kundalini energies; while the Sphynx continues to provide clues through her music. At last, Jupiter declares the banquet is about to begin. The remainder of the act is left as a thought experiment (see also: John 6:54-55)
Typhon attempts to raise some energy of his own by directing the Maenads in what he imagines to be a Dionysian revel, only to be rescued at the last minute by Agave and Autonoe. The women then initiate Hebe into the Sisterhood of Maenads, recounting the life, death and rebirth of Dionysus. The god then appears, sharing his mysteries with all present. Emboldened by this knowledge, the gods leave to make their final preparations for the war against Jupiter (the actual battle takes place in the Rite of Mars.)
Rite of Mars (2014)
In the third Rite of Eleusis, the armies of Mars gather to make war. Mars rallies his troops and marches off to conquer. The troops are victorious, but succeed at great cost. As they recover from the battle, the forces of War confront things that cannot be countered by strength. (watch streaming)
Rite of Sol (2012)
A scene of post-conflict bliss is emerging following the Rite of MArs: a proud but precarious utopia. Like a shadow cast by the brilliance of the Sun, however, something unseen moves beneath the surface of the glittering facade, haunting the devotees of the silent, ever watchful god. (watch streaming)
Rite of Venus (2007)
After the sun god was slain and as twilight fell, the goddess of Love assumed the throne in the East, and the shrine was transformed into her holy temple. Here, Venus rules in luxury, surrounded by her acolytes and probationers who desire to learn her mysteries and partake of her tender gifts. (watch streaming)
Rite of Mercury (2010)
The Lady Venus has fallen, and the Lord Mercury now rules the Temple as a Magus-King. Join us as we celebrate the splendor with Mercury and his officers as they invoke the Word, and Mercury strives to impart the understanding of divinity….but will the players get the point before he gives up? And who will be chosen to take his place at the head of things? (watch streaming)
Rite of Luna (2005)
On the surface, The Rite of Luna is the story of Sleeping Beauty and the Beast. Luna begins with the Goddess Artemis (Luna) enshrined in a dream-like state in her temple, protected by guardians Cancer and Taurus. They are her servants who worship her, protect her, and endeavor to make certain that she does not awaken. Enter Pan. In a fitting twist the Goat God of Greece, whose chief attribute is lust, comes before the veil of Artemis, the virgin of the hunt. As his temper swings from mania to melancholy and back again, Pan incessantly tries to muster the aid of Nymphs and Satyrs to enter the shrine and awake the sleeping Goddess. (watch streaming)
Rite of Jupiter the Musical (2001)
The show that started it all.
Jon was tasked with directing a traditional production of the Rite of Jupiter for a Seattle O.T.O. group and just happened to see a matinee of RENT the afternoon before the first rehearsal. “I can do that!” was his response, and he was pleased to know that his cast members could sing. This version, which only set the long poems to music, leaving the dialogue spoken, was performed at Seattle nightclub The Vouge, and at the Summerstar Festival in 2001.