The scream of a Gorgon, the dream of a Madman. A surreal spectacle of dance and disarray. A metaphysical narrative of destruction toward evolution.
directed by Chad Chenail
lighting designer and assistant director: Hao Bai
presented by Theater for The New City, Crystal Field (artistic director)
All shows at Theatre For The New City, 155 1st Avenue, between East 9th and East 10th Streets, New York, NY
Monday 8/31 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday 9/2 at 9:00 PM
Friday 9/4 at 9:00 PM
Tuesday 9/8 at 6:30 PM
Wednesday 9/9 at 6:30 PM
All tickets $15. GET TICKETS
ABOUT THE PLAYS
This is a world premier of two new plays by William K Hugel, confronting global violence against women and the American mental health crisis.
MEDUSA is an adaption of the traditional myth, approaching our history of violence against women from a meta-historical and global viewpoint. The play follows Medusa’s story from queen to monster to the terrifying harbinger of a new age. “Medusa” uses mythological archetypes to explore how female power has been subverted throughout our history. It draws the parallel between female power and Mother Nature to exemplify how men have held women back in a variety of common stories and fables throughout time.
THE ODDITY tells the story of Jessie, a young man struggling with being diagnosed as Schizophrenic. The show explores how western medicine has numbed reality for anyone whose brain is considered to be different. It explores how people cope with being medicated at a young age, and how we define reality. This definition of reality is crucial, since so many forms of mental illness are classified as a distancing from it. The show features a character called “It”, who through movement personifies natural life, or the reality of our existence outside of medication. Throughout the play “It” challenges Jessie and his doctor to confront their fears and the views that led them to medication. Ultimately, the play takes us on a journey into the dark heart of Western psychiatry, and into the suffering of the human soul.
If you’d like to participate in fundraising to help cover production expenses associated with preparing the play for the festival, including renting rehearsal space, paying for costume and lighting designers, set materials and props, please click on the link below.
“Medusa and The Oddity” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Medusa and The Oddity” must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.