IDEAS Performance: Radiance (a witch hunt)
The play "Radiance (a witch hunt" reimagines Euripides' Medea as Maddie, a post-World War II German war bride-turned-suburban American housewife. The play will be directed by Sarah Wansley (MFA-Directing candidate). The drama traces the life of the daughter of a German nuclear physicist, who marries an American officer, and ends up feeling like a suburban Cold War prisoner. The play investigates the Medea myth and witch hunts from the ancient past to the present day. It draws on such varied source material as Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, the confessional poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, MacBeth, and the more contemporary Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The artists will work with MFA actors as well as projection, sound and lighting designers over the period of a five-day residency in the Qualcomm Institute culminating in a public staged reading with sound and video.
Kristin Idaszak - Playwright
Sarah Wansley - Director
Lily Bartenstein - Scenic/Media Designer
Bo Tindell - Lighting Designer
Melissa Ng - Costume Designer
Emily Shain - Maddie
Walker Hare - Jason
Luis Vega - Creon
Jenny Grober - Jane
Hannah Tamminen - Anne/Housewife/Witch
Rosie Byrne - Housewife/Witch
Suzy Snowden - Housewife/Witch
Sarah Wansley (Director) is a New York-based director and producer, currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at UCSD. Current projects include Ex Machina at the New York International Fringe Festival and Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht at UC San Diego. Directing credits with Aporia include Woyzeck, Follow Me Down, Passion in the Park, Bare Naked Drama, The Disappearance of Jonah, Moonlight, The Real Inspector Hound, No Exit, and The Real Thing. Other directing credits include Here Comes Tomorrow (Youngblood / EST), #serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), The Suitcase (Looking Glass Theatre Writer/Director Forum) and What the Future Awaits (McCarter Theatre Center Youth Ink Festival). Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University and was a member of the 2011 Lincoln Center Director's Lab.