ONE YEAR LEASE
Phaedra x 3
Three provocative adaptations of one tragic tale of desire and ruin
Performed in rep
Directed by Ianthe Demos
From the classic to the post-modern, the elegant to the raunchy, the three shows include:
Jean Racine's Phedre translated by Ted Hughes
Tuesdays and Fridays @ 7pm
In the most classic version of Phaedra in the series, Ted Hughes follows the story of the Phaedra and her insatiable desire for her stepson Hippolytus, the bastard child of her husband and his former mistress. Translated from Racine's 17th Century French verse, Phedre explores the disastrous consequences of forbidden love in a world where desire is a plaything of the gods. This struggle of power versus desire erupts in a frenzy of obsession, admission, guilt, and ruin.
Matthew Maguire's Phaedra
Wednesdays @ 7pm, Saturdays @ 2pm
Corruption, privilege, money, and power reign supreme in Matthew Maguire's take on the ancient myth of Phaedra. In place of Phaedra and her husband King Theseus, we find Faye and her husband Thomas, the head of the most powerful multinational corporation in the country whose ambition is as ruthless as his lust. Cross Dynasty and the Sopranos with good ole' fashioned Greek tragedy and you'll experience Matthew Maguire's tale of doomed love.
Matthew Maguire won an OBIE for his work in I Don't Know Who He Was and I Don't Know What He Said, a one-man play written and directed by Mac Wellman. As a playwright, his other works include The Tower and The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo.
Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love
Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm
In Phaedra's Love, playwright Sarah Kane imagines a world where excess, lust and violence rule. Though Kane's Hippolytus is bored, promiscuous, slob who has already slept with her daughter, Phaedra's passion remains undaunted. In a play where Ubu Roi meets Quentin Tarantino, the fumblings of this doomed family are as comedic as they are violent. Kane skewers the royal family, the Church, and the breakdown of the family as she takes us to the myth's final bloody conclusion.
Kane's shocking career, which includes Blasted, Cleansed, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis (which just ended a run at BAM), was cut short when she committed suicide in 1999 at the age of 28.
ABOUT PHAEDRA x 3:
Phaedra x 3 was created and workshopped in the mountains of Northern Greece during the summer of 2005. Rehearsing in the tiny village of Papingo, the ensemble of six actors performed for audiences in the villages of Northern Greece, culminating in a showcase at an outdoor amphitheater in Monodendri in July. With Phaedra X 3, OYL not only brings a classic story to the stage, but expands its horizons by exploring three very different imaginings of one tragic story. Whether one prefers classical pieces, modern adaptations, or racier action onstage, Phaedra x 3 offers something for every audience.
ABOUT ONE YEAR LEASE:
One Year Lease, founded in 2000, is a New York-based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions that are performed both in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Phaedra x 3 (Monodendri and Papingo, Greece; Antigone (The UnConvention Theater Festival, Abingdon Theater, New York); Machinal (Theater for the New City); Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater).
For more information, please visit www.oneyearlease.org.
Tuesday to Friday at 7pm, Saturdays at both 2pm and 7pm
The 3 plays run in rep:
Theater: Cherry Lane Theatre
Address: 38 Commerce St.
New York, NY 10014
Cost:$15.00 for one play, $25 for two plays, $35 for three plays
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