Synopsis

SISYPHUS the Musical takes a modern twist on the Greek Myth of Sisyphus. SID, an up and coming politician is running for mayor of some gritty city somewhere. His heart is full of good intentions, but he has no problem doing whatever it takes to further his career. He often works with a local social service worker (SISTER DAWN) to solicit votes from those who might not otherwise vote. During a campaign stop to christen Olympus Park he angers the leader (OLD MAN ZEUS) of a small group of homeless people.

ZEUS challenges SID for inadequate solutions and the suffering of the homeless and rejects the sincerity of his campaign. The confrontation ignites the homeless and they become aggressive. ZEUS starts a revolt. The police move in and OFFICER AFFIE and OFFICER ARCHIE try to arrest ZEUS and his buddy THANTOS intervenes. When the dust settles we find ourselves in Corinth, a small town near Mount Olympus during the Age of SISYPHUS.

SID (now SISYPHUS) is running for mayor of Corinth and politics are as corrupt as ever. The OLYMPIANS have always influenced the elections for their own good and the mayor of Corinth is an important position. On Olympus, ZEUS faces instability among the gods. APHRODITE's long love affair with ARES, god of war, always contentious, threatens to blow up when THANTOS, god of death, tells her about ARES' affair with DAWN. In her uncontrollable jealousy and rage APHRODITE casts a curse upon DAWN of irresistible desire for mortal men and she falls for SISYPHUS.

After a town hall meeting with SISYPHUS the citizens vandalize the temple. The treasonable act angers ZEUS. He condemns SISYPHUS to Hades but, with the help of the illusive DAWN by his side, they trick THANTOS to chain himself in his own death box. The shock waves of THANTOS’ disappearance disrupts the fragile order between the gods and humanity. ZEUS sends ARES to find THANTOS and bring SISYPHUS and DAWN to him.

The ultimate crisis for Olympus comes after THANTOS accosts DAWN and ZEUS starts eliminating the citizens. Sisyphus the Musical is an entertaining portrayal of the paradox between free will and predestination. Sisyphus must accept his role as leader, teach the citizens of Corinth to embrace their free will and their humanity despite the wrath of the gods; ultimately, the pain (and the joy) of his success is his commitment to the cause.

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