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My Medea: A Performance | May 4, 2024

May 4 @ EST 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Medea is a first-year Spanish teacher attempting to create the perfect classroom while coping with the death of her brother, separation from her fiancé, a mouse infestation in her classroom, and an unexpected pregnancy. Medea distracts herself by investing her time and money into designing a learning space that encourages all students to take control of their learning needs. It isn’t until she meets Janell Bailey, a student with selective mutism, that Medea reevaluates what it means to feel safe to participate. She confides in Rae, the school nurse, about her suspicions about Janell, and comes to realize that some choices are more complicated than they originally seem.

My Medea is a genre-blending retelling of a classic Greek myth. Through movement and text, this adaptive script immerses true stories written by Rochester-based women about the choice to terminate pregnancy. The play aims to better understand the complex issue of abortion inside one’s own community, start a conversation, create awareness, and spark advocacy.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

Misty Yarnall (Playwright) is a Rochester-based writer and teaching artist. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Purchase College and currently works as the Administrative and Communications Coordinator and the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. She teaches creative workshops through libraries, homeschool co-ops, and nonprofit organizations. She is passionate about creating brave spaces for people of all ages to share their stories.

Laurie MacFarlane (Choreographer) has presented her choreography and improvisations in a variety of settings, from the proscenium stage to art galleries, sidewalks and empty storefronts. She incorporates text, props, costume, and sound score to create character-driven dance-theater pieces, which are often whimsical or humorous. Her work has been presented throughout the United States, in Toronto, Canada, and in Puebla, Mexico.  She is an Artist in Residence at MuCCC, co-founder of Dances at MuCCC, and in 2022 received a NYS Choreographers’ Initiative grant, under the mentorship of Daystar/Rosalie Jones. She frequently presents work with her partner Ruben T. Ornelas under the moniker “Commotion Dance Theater.”

Stephanie Roosa (Director) is proud to work alongside this talented group of artists. Previous directing credits include, among others, The Flight Before Christmas (Blackfriars), The Clone People, Art, and Echoes (Penfield Players), Henry V Parts 1 & 2 (co-directed), Othello (Rochester Shakespeare Players), Mrs. Cage (Hourglass Play Reading), Rashomon (Blacksheep Theatre), and Buried Child (Out of Pocket, Inc.). Roosa is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Out of Pocket, Inc.

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May 4
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Writers & Books
(585) 473-2590
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740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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