By Tan Shou Chen
Friday 26 September 2014, 8pm
Saturday 27 September 2014, 3pm and 8pm
THE SUBSTATION THEATRE
Admission: $20/$15(concession), tickets from The Substation Box Office at 6337 7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Medea, granddaughter of the Sun, murders her king father and brother for the sake of love to help Jason of Argo. Banished from her homeland, she marries him, baring two of his children. Despite her sacrifice, Jason abandons Medea to marry the daughter of King Creon of Corinth where they have sought asylum. Forsaken in a foreign land, Medea enacts an apocalyptic revenge on her once-lover to reclaim her being. The allegory of Medea burns with betrayal, lost dreams and a desperate love. It is a warning.
This new staging of Medea rips down the curtains to bare a naked stage, and audiences sit onstage with the actors. Using theatrical languages borrowed from the culture of Singapore’s past, present and future, this staging features original compositions by Benjamin Lim Yi (Teng Ensemble) and movement inspired by Bharatanatyam. It asks, “How does the Singapore actor act for her or his society? Where do theatre and the actor matter in Singapore?” Enacted by Ruby Jayaseelan (choreographer), Chad O’Brien, Farah Ong, and Jo Tan.
Directed by Tan Shou Chen. Medea is the culmination of Shou Chen’s work under The Substation’s Directors’ Lab. For more information about the Lab and the process, please visit shouchen.net/directors-lab/