Archive for February, 2008

NY Times- Medea

MEDEA Even a story thousands of years old can have a prequel. Theodora Skipitares is the adapter, designer and director of this one, in which she imagines the Greek sorceress as a little girl with magical powers, in a production involving puppets of all sizes. March 13 to 30. La MaMa Annex, 74A East Fourth Street, East Village, (212) 475-7710. lamama.org.


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The show that I have been talking about and performing in!!!

The Annex

March 13 – 30, 2008
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Tickets $25
purchase tickets online

Adapted, designed and directed by Theodora Skipitares
Music composed by Tim Shellenbaum

Designed, directed and adapted by Skipitares, MEDEA is the latest in her series of plays based on Greek classics. Building on Euripides’ iconic story of a spurned woman who kills her competition as well as her own children, Ms. Skipitares’ MEDEA begins many years before: Medea is a child who lives at the edge of the Black Sea and has profound magical powers, falls in love with the handsome Jason, and helps him steal the Golden Fleece. The story moves forward in time to Corinth, where Medea is abandoned by Jason for the young daughter of the King.  The production features puppets, created by Cecilia Schiller and Skipitares, in various styles: colored shadow puppets, small rod puppets, as well as realistic life-size figures operated by actors; along with the use of video and live music, and a chorus represented by gigantic heads worn on the bodies of female performers. MEDEA has an original musical score by Tim Schellenbaum, lighting design by Pat Dignan, and video projections by Kay Hines.  

Theodora Skipitares has been creating large-scale theatre works with puppets for more than 25 years, making her La MaMa debut with UNDERGROUND in 1992. s Skipitares recently presented TRILOGY about which The New York Times wrote: “With abundant ingenuity, Theodora Skipitares makes the Trojan War, a central saga of Greek tragedy, a puppet spectacular.” Other credits include THE AGE OF INVENTION, DEFENDERS OF THE CODE, UNDER THE KNIFE and A HARLOT’S PROGRESS. Her works have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has received numerous grants and awards, including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, six NEA grants, and a UNIMA Citation for Excellence in Puppetry. In 2005, Skipitares’ adaptation of Euripides’ IPHIGENIA won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In 2000, she received the American Theatre Wing Design Award for A HARLOT’S PROGRESS and in 2004, she won the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwriting Award. In 2000, Ms. Skipitares was a Fulbright Fellow in India where she created two original works.

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Memoria Project

An on going pro bono project I have been collaborating on…

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Up Close and Personal

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 What do you do with your children? You enlist them and your self to perform in off off broadway theater.

Here is my daughter in her costume of the Chorus of Corinth, a new production of ‘Medea’ by Theodora Skipitares.

March 13 – 30, 2008
The Annex, LaMama

Theodora Skipitares presents MEDEA, an epic collection of myths about the Asiatic superhero, who traveled to the edges of the known world. More than just the familiar story of Euripides, this version of MEDEA begins many years before, in an ancient city when Medea was a child who possessed magical powers and continues long after she escapes from Corinth on a chariot led by dragons

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