Teen girls experiment with sex, magic and murder while mom sinks deep into lust and self-loathing. A teen-drama riff on Racine’s Phèdre, Minor 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.
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
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
about PATHETIC: 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