THE MASK OF MEDUSA
The Mask of Medusa is a short dance-theatre piece that will fuse traditional Greek theatre techniques with modern movement and mask work that explores a contemporary telling of the Medusa myth. The piece follows Medusa as a young maiden in a modern context and plays with the idea of the tragic hero exploring Medusa’s grotesque transformation from picture-perfect girl into tragic, gorgon monster. Text, movement, original music, and visual art coordinate to convey the story and the emotions.
Medusa stars Ali Kresch, Daniel LeBlanc, Sarah Fye, Caralie Chrisco, and Ryan Scoble.
The show features choreography by Eric Emch and original music by DM Salsberg.
This is an outdoor performance; audiences should bring a blanket or cushion to sit on.
Playing at The Pool in Central Park
Enter near W. 103rd Street & Central Park West
LIMITED RUN PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Sunday, October 3rd @ 6 PM
Sunday, October 17th @ 6 PM
Saturday, October 23rd @ 6 PM
For groups or to reserve seating in advance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is FREE!
For more information, visit www.rawtheatrical.org
JOSEPH SAMUEL WRIGHT (Writer/Producer)
Joseph Samuel Wright is an NYC-based playwright, producer, and director. He founded and is the Producing Artistic Director of Roots and Wings Theatrical (www.rawtheatrical.org). His play My Big, Thick Schtick was self-produced at the Shetler Studios Bridge Theatre in July 2010. Additionally, through RaW he has produced three Duct Tape and a Dream festivals of new works which have included his original shorts Mary, Mary and Mommy Drinkest. Additionally, his play Constellation Nightglow was hosted at the University of Tennessee, and from 2005 – 2007 his LGBTadvocacy play Ours toured campuses in East Tennessee. He has had readings at the Lark Play Development Center, RaW, BE Theater, and is a member of the NyLon Fusion Writers Collective where his one act Uh Fairy Tale is being developed. His play My One and Only was a finalist in the SteppingStone Millennium Playwright Competition. Additionally he directed the one-man show Sequins, Lame, and Everything Gay. His Tennessee directing credits include Salome, Medea, The Vagina Monologues, Bent, Our Favorite Songs—A Night of Cabaret, and several Broadway Cares Benefit Concerts. Joseph has interned at New York Theatre Workshop and at the Lark Play Development Center where he continues on as part of their Literary Wing. He also assisted Iris Rainer Dart on two Roundabout workshops of the musical Laughing Matters starring Donna Murphey. He writes for BroadwaySpace, Theatre Is Easy, and TimeOut New York. For more information visit www.JosephSamuelWright.com
LAUREN RAYNER (Director/Producer)
Lauren Rayner is a New York and Los Angeles based director, producer and playwright. Recent producing/directing credits include, OFF-OFF-BROADWAY: Jesse Zaritt’s BINDING (as Producing Associate, prod. Theatre C; 3 NY Innovative Theatre award nominations), One Arm and A Leg (dir. Calla Videt; presented in HEREstay & Theater for the New City’s DREAM UP FESTIVAL); Sleeping with Strangers (prod. Nylon Fusion Collective); No Nursery Rhymes Please, Don’t Eat the Yellow Picasso, and What is Gained : a muse on consequence (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical); The Last Good Moment of Lily Baker (dir. Brooke Speelman); LOS ANGELES: Beirut, King Lear (an all female production), One for the Road/A Kind of Alaska/Ashes to Ashes/New World Order, Catholic School Girls, Mitzi's Abortion; ORIGINAL PLAYS: Mendacity (prod. Roots and Wings Theatrical, NYC; Women’s Theatre Organization, LA), Level 14, Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (workshopped at Lark Play Development Center), and Disembodied Voices all mounted in LA. Since early 2009, Lauren has served on the Board of Roots and Wings Theatrical and as the Director of Development/Marketing. She is also a Producing Associate/General Manager of Theatre C, a new theatre company by Carlos Armesto. She has worked at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Play Company, the Women’s Expressive Theatre, the Lark Play Development Center, the Ontological- Hysteric Theater, and at the Center Theatre Group in the Executive Offices under Artistic Director, Michael Ritchie. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in Theatre and Education. Lauren is proud to be a fiscally sponsored artist of Fractured Atlas. www.laurenrayner.com
About Roots and Wings Theatrical
Roots and Wings Theatrical is dedicated to the conception and development of new, explorative, theatrical works. From the solid foundation of an inspiration or tradition, RaW grows artisticallyrelevant, socially-evocative pieces that test ideas about theatre forms, collaboration, and crossdiscipline construction. Explore and expand the possibilities of performance. www.rawtheatrical.org