Wednesday, 10. April 2019, Otherworld Theatre, Medusa Undone

Medusa Undone is a dramatization of the little-known Medusa origin story. Before she was one of the greatest mythical monsters of all time, Medusa was a kind, beautiful sea-nymph in Athena’s service. Unparalleled in both her beauty and devotion to the Gods, Medusa catches the eye of the charming but narcissistic Poseidon. Interested only in the passions of the spirit, and not the flesh, Medusa has no choice but to reject the greedy God. She not only suffers violence at the hand of Poseidon, but also unknowingly incites a deep-seated jealousy in Athena, with horrific and disturbing consequences. Medusa Undone explores the social problem of rape culture, our tendency to victim blame, and the great injustice suffered by female victims of abuse of all kinds.***This play contains triggering content that include rape and sexual assault. Patron discretion is advised.***_______Medusa Undone A Midwest PremiereWritten by Bella PoyntonDirected by Otherworld Artistic Director, Tiffany Keane Schaefer* CASTMEDUSA - Mary-Kate Arnold* *Ensemble Member+Artistic Associate_______April 13 , 2019 – May 18, 2019 (runs in rep with Corona)Thu & Fri at 7:30pm, Sat & Sun at 2:30pm & 7:30pm PREVIEWS - April 10-11, 2019OPENING NIGHT - April 13, 2019Otherworld Theatre, 3914 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60613_______To keep theatre accessible, most Otherworld production tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.Due to the nature of the pay-what-you-can system, tickets on Eventbrite must be purchased individually. We apologize for the inconvenience._______About the playwright: Bella Poynton is a freelance playwright and scholar focusing on Science Fiction theatre. Her plays have been developed at the Great Plains Theater Festival, The Barrow Group, New Perspectives Theater, The Science Fiction Theater Company, Otherworld Theatre, Lookingglass Theater (NYC), the Pittsburgh New Play Festival, The Antaeus Company, and Road Less Traveled Productions. Her play The Aurora Project was produced at the Science Fiction Theater Company and Otherworld Theatre in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Other recent honors include the 8th Annual New Works Festival at Panndora Productions where Medusa Undone was developed, as well as finalist status for both the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and the Samuel French OOB Festival. Her play Speed of Light was recently produced at both Quantum Dragon Theatre Company and Road Less Traveled Productions. Speed of Light was also an honorable mention on the 2015 Kilroys list. In addition to her playwriting, Bella also a research scholar, working on a PhD in Performance Studies at the University at Buffalo . Her ongoing research project explores representations of robots, cyborgs and AI on stage, starting with their first appearance in Karel Capek's 1921 classic, R.U.R. Other research interests include mixed reality performance, hauntology, and female playwrights. Bella holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop. 

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