The other evening while enjoying some tasty Thai food at Yum Yums in Hell’s Kitchen, my friend Susan and I began discussing a delicious and frustrating fruit – the Pomegranate. I was remarking how I bought one for the first time, and with no experience or instructions dove in boldly to harvest the juicy, delicate seeds that lie hidden below its tough exterior. When I was done, I did indeed have a bowl full of luscious seeds, but my kitchen, my puppy Bravo and I all looked like we had been witness to the Texas Chainsaw Murders!
Susan then told me about the Greek myth of Persephone. Persephone was the innocent daughter of Zeus who was abducted by Hades, God of the Underworld. Her mother, Demeter, Goddess of the Earth, grieved so much over the loss of her daughter that winter become perpetual. In order to save the Earth, Hades agreed to let Persephone return to her mother, but before releasing her, he tricked her into eating the seeds of a Pomegranate. Because of this she was forever bound to Hades and had to return once a year to the underworld.
Doesn’t this sound similar to the story of the “The Phantom of the Opera”? Is not Erik the God of the Underworld of the Paris Opera? And Christine, once partaking in the seeds of his passion, did she not become bound to him and his world forever?
I was excited by this discovery because we had decided to create a special drink for our production of “Phantom of the Opera” at the Players Theatre called “Forbidden Passion”. I wasn’t sure what the concoction would be, but I knew I wanted to use pomegranate juice – now I know my instinct was right! Could there be a more passionate fruit? Is there anything better to sip before such a passionate show? I think not!
Until next time – Be Bold!