Monday, March 30, 2009

Raising Medusa opens Thursday

Riverside - The world premiere of Raising Medusa, a new play by Mt. Vernon playwright Barbara Lau, opens at Riverside Theatre on April 2. Directed by Mary Sullivan, this story of a tumultuous relationship between a mother and her sdolescent daughter is a must-see for parents, teenagers – and anyone who’s ever been one.

Raising Medusa presents a fascinating blend of reality and ancient wisdom, a mother-daughter duo and lively Greek chorus, bold dialogue and heart-stopping poetry. Poet and playwright Barbara Lau's premiere is a fresh narrative on loss and rebirth as both children and parents struggle to redefine themselves as separate individuals.

"Raising Medusa is filled with a feisty blend of characters, from Greek theatre and mythology to your average American household," said Lau. "When ancient wisdom is applied to the toughest parts of parenting, a mother-daughter struggle gains a surprising, new perspective."

Nancy Youngblut heads up the all-female cast as the mother struggling with her daughter’s transformation. Originally from Waterloo, Youngblut has appeared on Broadway as well as being featured in over 50 television productions.

Raising Medusa rounds out its cast with the talents of Laura Tatar, Jody Hovland, Kristy Hartsgrove, and Jaclyn June Johnson. The play also features the work of costume designer Renee M. Bell, scenographer Scott Olinger, and composer Donald J. Chamberlain.

Raising Medusa is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets for Raising Medusa, April 2 - 19, are $24 with discounts available for seniors and youth. Tickets are available by phone at (319) 338-7672, online, or in person at the Riverside Theatre box office, located at 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA.

Check back next week for a review of the show.

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