|"Perseus is theatre at its best
and most essential: there are no flying cars or falling chandeliers here;
no recycled pop songs or TV stars, either. Instead, you'll find audacity
and imagination and passion, and after luxuriating in them for a while you'll
wonder why you ever settle for anything else."
- Martin Denton, NYTheater.com
"This is a show about spectacle."
- Jason Zinoman, New
" Attention, directors, writers and producers:
Go see Ellen Stewart's Perseus and learn a trick or two about theater.
Any five minutes of this production are more rewarding than the peak moments
of most shows I've seen in the past decades."
- Trav S.D., Time Out New York
PERSEUS – loosely based on excerpts from Ovid, Hesiod and Apollodorus
with additional text by Ms. Stewart – is the often-told, but rarely-performed
saga of Perseus the son of Danae and the god Zeus – who slew the serpent-headed
Medusa and married the beautiful maiden Andromeda after saving her from
a sea monster. Ms. Stewart – in her research of the PERSEUS tale –
discovered that the Persian race was descended from the offspring of Perseus
and Andromeda, something not believed to be widely known.
Directed by Ms. Stewart – PERSEUS features a cast of over 25 from
the Great Jones Repertory Company – including Chris Wild as the
hero Perseus, Meredith Wright as the serpent-haired Medusa, and Prisca
Ouya as the beautiful maiden Andromeda.
The design team for PERSEUS includes: Elizabeth Swados, Michael Sirotta,
Heather Paauwe, Yukio Tsuji and Carlos Valdez – Original Music Composition;
Camille Assaf – Costume Design; Tim Schellenbaum – Sound Design;
Carol Mullins – Lighting Design; Gorgon Design - Maeda Jun; and
Renaurd Gee – Choreography.
La MaMa – under the guidance of founder and artistic director Ellen
Stewart – enjoys international recognition as the home for theatrical
experimentation. La MaMa was one of the first Off-Off Broadway theatres
to support full time resident companies, and was the first Off-Off company
to tour Europe. La MaMa has been honored with over 50 Obie Awards, dozens
of Drama Desk Awards, Bessie Awards and Villager Awards.
Well-known names of the theatre for whom La MaMa was their first artistic
home in the U.S. include: Andrei Serban, Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor,
Tom O’Horgan, Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer, Elizabeth Swados and Tom
Eyen as well as artists from Japan, Korea, Zaire, Ivory Coast and countless
The company’s heritage continues to grow with programs begun by
Ms. Stewart in Umbria, Italy, where international understanding is promoted
through cultural exchange. La MaMa Umbria has, in the past 12 years, presented
26 theatre productions as well as workshops, art exhibitions and conferences.
Last season, La MaMa presented to great critical acclaim the theatrical
event SEVEN – which performed seven Greek plays in repertory including
Ms. Stewart’s world-premiere production of ANTIGONE. In addition,
Ms. Stewart and La MaMa have dedicated the past 30 years to presenting
new adaptations of Greek classics to the masses – at times gaining
national and international attention.