Thursday, July 12, 2018

Godly Love versus Human Love

Early in the development of Sisyphus the Musical we explored how to best present the juxtaposition between the love interests of Ares and Aphrodite versus Dawn and Sisyphus.

In Greek Mythology, Ares and Aphrodite have been together for hundreds of years and they have a rather tenuous open marriage. We suggest that the only way they know they still love each other is when they become jealous of one another. In current day, they are police patrol partners who spend much of their time together, but never embrace the love they have for one another.

For Dawn and Sisyphus we wanted to connect the humanity of love with the underlying Greek Myth. We hoped to supplement Albert Camus' essay conclusion that "The struggle itself is enough to fill a man's heart" with a quote from Carl Sagan, an American astronomer, "For small creatures such as we, the vastness of the universe is only bearable through love." In current day, they work together as volunteers to help the homeless.