Medusa is a devised theatre piece that explores the narrative of Medusa's transformation and isolation after being assaulted in the Temple of Athena, and how Medusa survives in this new form. It is about the ways in which women can be one another's oppressors in patriarchal societies. It is also about how women who are othered can lift one another up to create new worlds of their own. It is a celebration of the voices and bodies that are often left out of theatrical presentations of western mythology.
Devising this new work includes an intentional effort to make accessibility a key element of all conversations - not tacked on at the end, but part of the creative and generative work from our earliest rehearsals. Our diverse and intersectional ensemble is composed of 7 Chicago performers and 5 international artists from Global Hive Laboratories, who have developed different versions of this show across the UK and Europe with local performers from each district. Over the course of two months, these artists will come together under the direction of local Director and activist Denise Yvette Serna, to create a unique Chicago version of this new work.
Presented by Pop Magic Productions