directed by Theodora Skipitares
Designed, directed and adapted by Skipitares, MEDEA is the latest in her series of plays based on Greek classics. Building on Euripides' iconic story of a spurned woman who kills her competition as well as her own children, Ms. Skipitares' MEDEA begins many years before: Medea is a child who lives at the edge of the Black Sea and has profound magical powers, falls in love with the handsome Jason, and helps him steal the Golden Fleece. The story moves forward in time to Corinth, where Medea is abandoned by Jason for the young daughter of the King. The production features puppets, created by Cecilia Schiller and Skipitares, in various styles: colored shadow puppets, small rod puppets, as well as realistic life-size figures operated by actors; along with the use of video and live music, and a chorus represented by gigantic heads worn on the bodies of female performers. MEDEA has an original musical score by Tim Schellenbaum, lighting design by Pat Dignan, and video projections by Kay Hines. Theodora Skipitares has been creating large-scale theatre works with puppets for more than 25 years, making her La MaMa debut with UNDERGROUND in 1992. s Skipitares recently presented TRILOGY about which The New York Times wrote: "With abundant ingenuity, Theodora Skipitares makes the Trojan War, a central saga of Greek tragedy, a puppet spectacular." Other credits include THE AGE OF INVENTION, DEFENDERS OF THE CODE, UNDER THE KNIFE and A HARLOT'S PROGRESS. Her works have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has received numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, six NEA grants, and a UNIMA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry. In 2005, Skipitares' adaptation of Euripides' IPHIGENIA won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In 2000, she received the American Theatre Wing Design Award for A HARLOT'S PROGRESS and in 2004, she won the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwriting Award. In 2000, Ms. Skipitares was a Fulbright Fellow in India where she created two original works.
3/13/2008 at 7:30pm