Episodes
Published 05/24/22
Zeus must confront the disaster on earth that is unfolding because he gave Hades permission to marry Persephone without letting her – or her mother – know. So he sends Iris, goddess of the rainbow, to try to convince Demeter to let things grow again.  Combining the artistry of 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 podcast is a production...
Published 05/24/22
Persephone is terrified when an enormous being appears from the depths of the rushing river.  But could the River Styx have just the wit and wisdom Persephone needs to hear?   Combining the artistry of 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 podcast is a production of the Onassis Foundation. The bold and original audio drama is created...
Published 05/17/22
Demeter is furious at Zeus and done with Olympus. So she disguises herself as an old woman to live among mortals. She finds a family that needs her help and tries to fit in – but it’s hard to keep her power under wraps.  Combining the artistry of 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 podcast is a production of the Onassis Foundation....
Published 05/10/22
Wrenched out of the sunlit meadow, Persephone confronts Hades, ruler of the underworld, and his three-headed dog, the terrifying yet strangely affectionate Cerberus.  Persephone runs away from Hades’ gloomy palace, but learns there is no way home. Combining the artistry of 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 podcast is a production of...
Published 05/03/22
When she hears Persephone’s cry, Demeter runs to the meadow where Artemis and Athena are searching for their friend.  But Persephone has completely disappeared. Demeter turns to Hecate, goddess of witchcraft, magic, and the night, for help.  Together they stop Helios from taking the sun across the sky until he tells them what he knows.  It’s worse than Demeter had feared.  While Demeter mourns, the earth withers. Combining the artistry of foremost contemporary theater-makers with the...
Published 04/26/22
Persephone is tired of always being tied to her mother’s side. But when she runs off to attend a picnic with her friends Athena and Artemis, her curiosity leads to a terrifying fall and the beginning of a perilous journey. Combining the artistry of 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 podcast is a production of the Onassis Foundation....
Published 04/19/22
When a young goddess strikes out on her own for the first time, she is pulled into a terrifying journey, and must find her power in the darkness. Her mother fights to get her back – and the fate of all humanity lies in the balance. Combining the artistry of 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. The podcast is a production of the Onassis...
Published 04/12/22
We know Hermes is the god of liars, travelers, and thieves. But what other powers does he hold? Turns out, he’s one of Dr. Kate Birney’s favorite gods – and in our Mythlet she tells us why she connects with our favorite trickster (hint – Dr. B is a middle child…). Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and...
Published 04/05/22
When Athena burst from her father’s head she looked just like a hoplite warrior, with armor and a helmet.  Dr. Kate Birney tells us about this fierce aspect of the goddess as well as the civilized attributes of the patron goddess of Athens.  No wonder she’s Danae’s favorite goddess – and maybe yours too? Visit our pages on social media or search #livefrommountolympus to find images of Athena made by the residents of the city that bears her name with pride.  Live from Mount Olympus is a...
Published 12/14/21
When Perseus cut off Medusa’s head, shouldn't she have lost her power? Dr. Kate Birney says “Definitely not!” and reveals the Middle Eastern origins of this ghastly Greek monster. Dr. B also shows us how the ancient Greeks used Medusa’s terrifying power to protect themselves from evil spirits. Check out our Instagram @OCCNY or search #livefrommountolympus to see some scary images of Medusa and her Mesopotamian inspiration, Humbaba! Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis...
Published 11/16/21
Perseus has his hands full when he enters the Gorgons’ cave – and Dr. Kate Birney says it’s remarkable that our hero was able to juggle Hermes’ sword and that magical bag while brandishing Athena’s shield at the same time. In Mythlet 2, we find out more about that magical shield, which Dr. Birney says was probably like the enormous shields that Greek warriors carried into real ancient battles. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The...
Published 10/12/21
Remember the moment in Episode 2 when Hermes gives Perseus that cool sword?  In our first Live from Mount Olympus Mythlet, find out what makes the sword so special – and why it has that wicked curve to it.  Dr. Kate Birney, who is an expert on ancient weapons and teaches archaeology at Wesleyan University, is our guide to the mythical roots of this powerful weapon. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony...
Published 09/14/21
When their ship is blown off course, Perseus, Andromeda and Danae find themselves far from Argos. But Perseus is delighted that there are games going on nearby — and enters the discus competition, even though he’s never thrown one before in his life. That choice seals his fate and the future of those he loves. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon...
Published 03/30/21
Perseus and Andromeda arrive in Seriphos to find the island in chaos. Will Perseus be able to fulfill his quest and set his mother free? Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen Brooks Hopkins is the executive producer. Live from Mount Olympus...
Published 03/23/21
Together, they’ve vanquished a sea monster. But can their new love survive Andromeda introducing Perseus to her parents, King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia?  Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen Brooks Hopkins is the executive producer.  Live...
Published 03/15/21
On his way home to Seriphos, Perseus spies a terrifying monster in the sea below.  It’s headed straight towards a high cliff where Perseus glimpses a solitary figure on a rocky ledge. Could that be — a girl??? Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein....
Published 03/09/21
In the Garden of the Hesperides, Hermes gathers apples for the next leg of the journey while Perseus collects stories from the Titan Atlas, who holds up the sky. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen Brooks Hopkins is the executive...
Published 03/02/21
Like big brothers and sisters everywhere, Hermes and Athena enjoy scaring their little brother Perseus with tales of warriors and monsters. They also help prepare him for what he must do to save his mom. But to become a hero, he must face Medusa on his own. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by...
Published 02/23/21
Hermes flies Perseus to the Island of Cisthene, where the Gray Sisters live. They’re three very old ladies — how hard could it be for Perseus to get what he needs? Plenty hard, as he quickly finds out. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen...
Published 02/16/21
Perseus meets two powerful half-siblings he never knew he had, and confronts his mother Danae about the secrets she’s kept his whole life. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen Brooks Hopkins is the executive producer. Live from Mount...
Published 02/09/21
Hermes is barely out of his cradle when he comes up with a tricky plan to join the other gods on Mount Olympus. Annoying his big brother Apollo is the first step. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen Brooks Hopkins is the executive...
Published 02/02/21
A fisherman named Dictys finds a big wooden crate caught in his nets. Inside are a mother and her baby. Dictys takes them back to his simple little hut and cares for them as if they were his own family. As baby Perseus grows into a young man, he wonders where he came from and who he really is, and makes a crazy vow to save his mom from an evil king. Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner...
Published 02/02/21
Locked up in a tall stone tower by her father the king, Princess Danae is terribly lonely. But she has a big secret. When it’s revealed she has to face her father’s rage. What will happen to her next? Live from Mount Olympus is a production of the Onassis Foundation, and co-produced by The TEAM. The podcast is directed by Tony Award-winner Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) and Zhailon Levingston (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and created by Peabody Award-winning producer Julie Burstein. Karen...
Published 01/26/21