Metropolis, set in the year 2026, tells the story of Freder (Gustav Fröhlich), the son of the citys ruler. Society is split between the privileged thinkers, who live in huge, gothic skyscrapers, and the workers, who live in dismal conditions below ground. Freder begins a relationship with a beautiful woman from the underworld named Maria (Brigitte Helm), who shows him the horrific conditions caused by dangerous machines the workers use. Freders father (Alfred Abel) and his evil henchman cook up a scheme involving a robot version of Maria to stop Freder from becoming allied with the workers. Added to this political backdrop and impressive set design is biblical imagery, as Maria preaches about the coming of The Mediator, who will make society right. Check out Metropolis at 7:30 p.m. Discovery Green, Anheuser-Busch Stage, 1500 McKinney. For information, call 713-400-7336 or visit www.discoverygreen.com. Free.
Fri., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2008