Play Review - Ravishing Medusa by Rachel Graf Evans
Earlier this week I caught a performance of “Ravishing Medusa” a thought-provoking one-hour play by Rachel Graf Evans.
Following the story of the Medusa, a beautiful virgin in classical mythology who was raped by Poseidon and subsequently transformed into a Gorgon, the play challenges viewers to draw a comparison between the misogynistic culture of the ancient world and that of contemporary western society.
Throughout the play women are chastised by society, particularly for their sexual choices and experiences. Athena is criticized for her choice to remain celibate, while Medusa is punished for being raped. I found this idea strongly reflected the catch 22 modern women face with regards to their own sexual practices.
What I enjoyed most was the play’s ability to address these themes in a way that is relatable to a contemporary audience without sacrificing the integrity in depicting an ancient culture. There is a tendency of many modern works when dealing with mythological topics to make it relatable to modern people at the expense of the source material. This really grates on me as a classical enthusiast, so it was very refreshing to see an adaptation of myth walk the line between ancient and modern so seamlessly.
Ravishing Medusa has a limited run and if you’re in the New York area this weekend I highly recommend going to see it.
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Notes: Above photo by Photo by Dijon Jackson (Source)
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