Arts Desk

The Spray’s the Thing

There are some places where splash zones are just necessary. A Gallagher show. The National Aquarium’s dolphin exhibit. Sea World. But at D.C. theaters? Turns out, yes. Arena Stage’s production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, opening Feb. 8, features a large pool in the center of their round stage. When Constellation Theatre produced Metamorphoses in May 2012, it, too, constructed a pool—at the cost of $50,000. In Synetic Theater’s silent 2010 production of King Arthur, the company got wet while recreating the story of the Knights of the Round Table. Beginning Feb. 21, Synetic will dive back in with a new, drippy production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Few productions use real water to create Caliban’s island, but that’s where this particular production diverges from the rest. Best of all, that show’s splash zone comes with a perk: The company will knock off $15 for the wet seats. Ponchos provided.

1. Metamorphoses at Arena Stage, Feb. 8 to March 17, 2013. Mary Zimmerman’s production features the largest pool ever created for this play.

2. Metamorphoses at Constellation Theatre Company, May 5 to June 3, 2012. The result of Constellation Theatre’s fundraising endeavors? An approximately 5,000 gallon tub for splashing about.

3. The Tempest at Synetic Theatrer, Feb. 21 to March 24, 2013. In this silent production, Synetic designers actually surround Caliban’s island with water. The only difference? No salt.

4. King Arthur at Synetic Theater, Sept. 30 to Oct. 31,2010. Instead of pelting newlyweds Arthur and Guinevere with rice, the actors were splashed with water drops. No wonder they had bad luck.

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