Pygmalion and Galatea Synopsis

As evening descends over the kingdom of Kamikos, a young girl named Phoebe sneaks into the workshop of her brother, Pygmalion.  There, she overhears Pygmalion and his friend Daedalus discussing their work.  Daedalus discovers a beautiful, marble sculpture Pygmalion has carved of his late wife, Galatea.  Although Pygmalion tries to dismiss the fact that he is still grieving, it doesn’t escape anyone’s attention.  After Pygmalion and Daedalus leave, Phoebe frets over the statue, talking to it and wishing it could answer her.  It is then that Aphrodite appears, bringing the statue to life.  At first, Phoebe is overjoyed to see her brother’s wife returned, but very quickly, she realizes that the statue is little more than a child, inexperienced in the ways of the world.  When she asks Aphrodite to “do it right,” she enrages the goddess who leaves her alone with Galatea and Galatea’s questions.

The next morning, Daedalus is visited by Pygmalion’s artistic rival, Ixion.  Although Ixion has little skill, he boasts that he will be chosen to take on the commission of the King, to craft a tomb for the late Queen.  Phoebe arrives with Galatea and only just manages to evade Ixion’s attention.  After Ixion leaves, Phoebe confesses what’s happened to Daedalus.  They agree that Galatea must be hidden.  If people saw her “back from the dead,” there would be hysteria.  Unfortunately, as they argue over what to do, Galatea gets bored and wanders off along the road where she runs into Pygmalion, who has been engaging in a conversation about art with a strange woman.  Pygmalion’s joy at seeing his dead wife is quickly plunged into confusion when Phoebe and Daedalus arrive, practically tackling her.  Back in Pygmalion’s workshop, Pygmalion learns the truth and realizes, just as Phoebe did, that this statue is not his wife.  Everyone agrees she must be snuck out of town before anyone sees her.

Their flight is interrupted in the marketplace, where the woman Pygmalion met earlier is revealed to be Princess Lysia, visiting on behalf of her father to find an artist for his commission.  Ixion and Daedalus squabble over who the most talented artist is, Daedalus arguing on behalf of Pygmalion.  When Pygmalion says nothing, Phoebe boasts that her brother is talented enough to carve back the dead, revealing Galatea’s presence and plunging the scene into chaos.  Although Pygmalion, Phoebe, and Galatea manage to escape, Pygmalion is furious with Phoebe, coldly sending her away and declaring that if it weren’t for her carelessness, his wife would still be alive.  Ixion, eager to see Pygmalion destroyed, brings Lysia to the workshop.  She begs him to carve her mother the Queen back to life.  Although Pygmalion tries to get out of it, Ixion continues to urge Lysia on, until he bluntly asks Pygmalion if he means to imply that his sister lied to royalty.  Pygmalion is forced to agree.

In the King’s palace, a terrified Pygmalion begs Daedalus to find Phoebe, so she can somehow get Aphrodite to work the miracle a second time.  He fails, but Phoebe comes of her own free will when she learns from Aphrodite that her brother has been taken away.  Meanwhile, Galatea pesters Pygmalion with questions about life and death as he tries to carve a statue of the Queen.  Lysia comes to his aid, offering to help with his work, but ashamed, he hides Galatea.  The room gets crowded as Daedalus and Phoebe show up, Pygmalion hiding both of them.  Despite his best attempts, he can’t manage to get them past Lysia without her seeing them.  That is, until he suddenly kisses her.

The King walks in on the group and sends everyone away, except for Galatea, who intrigues him.  Elsewhere, certain that he’s going to die, Pygmalion makes his peace with Phoebe, apologizing for the blame he put on her over the first Galatea’s death.  She’s unwilling to accept the trouble she’s gotten him into and runs off to try to find an escape.  Daedalus then questions Pygmaion about his feelings for Lysia.  He admits that he feels for her, as he once felt for his wife, and finds himself wracked with guilt.  Daedalus scolds him for his refusal to live while he’s still alive.  And Lysia arrives, admitting she feels the same way.  He tells her the truth; he can’t bring back the dead.  She doesn’t care.

The next day, everyone gathers to see Pygmalion perform his miracle.  As he stalls, a guard rushes in, announcing that there’s a woman flying over the palace on wings.  Phoebe enters, disguised as Aphrodite and wearing wax wings that once belonged to Daedalus.  She makes a declaration that the King must not seek to bring his wife back.  Nobody is fooled by the act, but the King plays along.  As Phoebe departs, the King decides that he will take a new wife:  Galatea.  He further muses that its time Lysia was married.