The Four Disgracers was conceived by Ixion Artistic Director jeff croff. “As we looked at scripts and thought of ways to launch, it struck me that maybe the inspiration for our name could also inspire our first production,” observes Croff. “ The name of our troupe was inspired by a trip to the Detroit Institute of Art, where I encountered Friederich Goltzius's engraving set named The Four Disgracers. The engravings featured four figures from Greek mythology: Icarus, Phaeton, Ixion and Tantalus. After reading Goltzius’s Latin interpretation of the Ixion myth, I had a name for the new troupe. So I thought why not take the inspiration provided by art and see if it could inspire new art?” Croff then recruited four local playwrights to develop short plays. each derived from a different Greek myth. After months of writing and rewriting, The Four Disgracers took shape with “Distance from the Son”; “Tantalizing Menu”; “Empty” and “Icarus Flying”.
“Distance from the Son” by O.G. Ueberoth transforms Phaeton into Pate, a manchild struggling to find himself and deal with his daddy issues. Helios has become a cantankerous old soldier, who is helping out with conflicts as well as his usual duties.
“Tantalizing Menu” by Sarah Hauck takes us front and center with a family dinner filled with
backbiting, acrimony and new menu items. Tantalus becomes a nervous and edgy host hoping
that everyone appreciates his time in the kitchen.
“Empty” by Brad Rutledge transforms the tet a tet between Zeus and Ixion into a meeting of a
mafia don with his lieutenant. Tough guys talk and get a little nervous as truths come out.
“Icarus Flying” by A. S. Freeman offers a fresh perspective on the myth. We enter a totalitarian
world and learn Icarus’s mom’s perspective.
Cast of The Four Disgracers includes: Joseph Mull, Rico Bruce Wade, Angharad McGaugher, Michael Stornant, Cassie Little, Rikki Perez, Kris Vitols, Paige Dunkel and jeff croff.
After failing to reach its initial goal, Ixion has relaunched its kickstarter with a more modest goal. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1149284117/second-act-the-four-disgracers