Teen girls experiment with sex, magic and murder while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing. A teen-drama riff on Racine’s PhèdreMinor Theater’s PATHETIC invites you to get off on the sick horrors of becoming a woman.


Written and Directed: Julia Jarcho
Production Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design: Christina Watanabe
Sound Design: Ben Williams
Video Design: Jennifer Seastone
Producer: Ann Marie Dorr
Featuring: Jordan Baum, Kim Gainer*, Kristine Haruna Lee*, Linda Mancini, Jennifer Seastone*, Ben Jalosa Williams*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Equity Approved Showcase.

Pathetic Event at the Segal Center May 16: Staging Women’s Desire with Julia Jarcho and Minor Theater

Join Minor Theater at the Segal Center May 16 at 6:30pm

Thursday, May 16
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Reading + Panel


FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

“I felt my whole body, and it was burning.”

This June, downtown NYC company Minor Theater presents Pathetic, a new take on Racine’s classic Phèdre at Abrons Arts Center. Racine’s queen destroys everything with her monstrous lust; in Pathetic, neoclassical hexameter meets contemporary teen drama as the heroine becomes a bored mom with an ax to grind. In anticipation of the premiere, OBIE-winning playwright/director Julia Jarcho invites fellow artists to consider what can happen when women’s desire gets a voice onstage. What new forms become possible when women appropriate the conjunction of sex and violence, which has traditionally been directed against us? How do we forge a lustful stage poetics of our own? And come to think … Read on


hey. what’s up? we didn’t say much during those other festivities (HAPPY NEW YEAR ok) but you know

we here at minor theater just love love

& we also need to raise $ for our june show PATHETIC
which is all about love too
& you know, pay our people & buy fake blood

so donate $50 or more HERE by feb 13 and WE’LL SEND YOUR CRUSH AN E-VALENTINE (yeah from you) on the big day.

personalized & everything. you can even choose if you want it SALTY or BITTER or just like SWEET.

or if you wanna be our 🖤 we’ll send you one direct. 

(PATHETIC is our gross sexy mom / teen witch riff on racine’s phèdre coming to Abrons Arts Center in June & we are f*ing psyched to show you. meanwhile please help us out with cash.)
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workshop @BAC! please rsvp

work-in-progress showings
at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Rudolf Nureyev Studio (4th Floor)
Thursday, November 15 @ 11am RSVP here
Friday, November 16 @ 12pm RSVP to Kim Golding


Written and Directed  Julia Jarcho
Design: Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Sound: Ben Williams
Video: Jennifer Seastone
Co-Conspirator: Ann Marie Dorr
Lighting consultation: Barbara Samuels

Featuring performances by:
Jordan Baum * Kim Gainer * Kristine Haruna Lee * Linda Mancini * Jennifer Seastone * Ben Williams

Production support:
Kelly LaManna * Hannah Birch Carl

PATHETIC is a contemporary riff on Racine’s vigorously pessimistic tragedy Phèdre. Hexameter meets Sonic tots at a high school in the desert Southwest. Teen girls experiment with sex, murder and magic while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing. Will Venus favor the good? Or is the goddess of Love just licking her chops for sacrifice?
Pathetic will premiere at Abrons Art Center in June 2019.… Read on

a book! a book party!

Minor Theater: Three Plays by Julia Jarcho is out now from 53rd State Press. you can buy it online and you can also come to our book party at Uncanny Valley in williamsburg on Monday May 8 at 7pm.

jenny, ben, and pete will read some scenes from Grimly Handsome and there will probably be candy.

and jenny’s MA thesis installation will be up: May 6, 7, 13, 14, come for a performance/installation at Uncanny Valley. Open from 1-6:30. Reception on May 7th at 4pmRead on