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Medea: a Noh Cycle Based on the Greek Myth - Full Length Play, Drama

Medea: a Noh Cycle Based on the Greek Myth

Euripides, Carol Sorgenfrei

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 3f, 6m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573612800

"Strikingly fresh ... theatrically arresting ... striking achievement." - Washington Post

How could a woman who killed her children be saved by the gods? The shocking ending of Euripides' play is the starting point for a meditation on modern woman and the role of the artist/shaman in a synthesis of classic Greek and Japanese Noh Theatre.

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$19.95
: Spiral Bound Manuscript

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Experimental

120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in mythic Greece, but there should be NO realism. Ideally, the stage should suggest a Noh stage. The designer should consider the use of strong, creative lighting effects. Basically a bare space or one that is abstract or suggestive. Innovative, fusion costuming suggesting both Greece and Japan, use of Japanese fans for dance sequenes. May use non-illusionistic makeup or masks. Many opportunities for creative visual spectacle in terms of quick, onstage costume transformations, lighting, flowing fabric, projections, etc. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music, Stage Combat, Special Effects

Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play

Winner! 1974 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, National Student Playwriting Award
How could a woman who killed her children be saved by the gods? The shocking ending of Euripides' play is the starting point for a meditation on modern woman and the role of the artist/shaman. This synthesis of classic Greek and Japanese Noh Theatre retains the basic story of the former but is performed in a creative, stylized manner inspired by the latter, with chant, song and dance. These two theatre forms have many similarities - both are non-illusionistic and both grew out of religious ceremony and ritual - drawing on primitive myths and legends. In Japan the Noh plays have no thematic relation, but this play consists of five scenes - each corresponding to one of the traditional plays to form a single entity. This work offers exceptional opportunities for creativity and artistic innovation to directors, actors and designers.

"...an arrestingly dramatic production.... a hypnotic mood of sacred ritual... gripping... " - StarTribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Strikingly fresh ... theatrically arresting ... striking achievement." - Washington Post

1974-5 University of California at Santa Barbara; California State University at Los Angeles; and Kennedy Center, Washington, DC  - Winner, Best Original Play, American College Theatre Festival. Directed by the author. 
Characters

CASTING

1m, 3f, 6m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The two children (and various other roles) are played by non-speaking dancers, not child actors. The chorus can range in size, from approximatel 3-8 voices. All actors except the chorus must be able to move creatively in dance-like patterns.   

CHORUS SIZE

Small

MEDEA - strong-willed woman, artist-shaman, sexual, an outsider revealed to be a goddess
JASON - an ambitious "hero" who owes everything to the intervention of the gods and the help of Medea, revealed to be a demon in disguise
NURSE - timid, conventional and loyal, but eventually discovers her own strength as a woman
CREUSA - a simpering, vain, unaware princess
CHORUS MEMBERS - require exceptional speaking voices
CHILDREN - cloying and grasping, played by non-speaking dancers able to enact various other roles (ex: magic bulls)

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Author(s)

Carol Sorgenfrei

Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, born January 14, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, is a playwright, director, and scholar of Japanese and cross-cultural performance. Her fifteen original plays include the award-winning Medea: A Noh Cycle Based on the Greek Myth (published by Samuel French), the kabuki-flamenco Blood Wine, Blood Wedding, the kyogen-commedia dell’arte The Impostor and A Wilderness of Monkeys (a ... view full profile

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