MEDEA/BRITNEY is a one-woman multimedia performance piece juxtaposing the Greek character of Medea with the modern tragedy and public consumption of contemporary pop icon Britney Spears. By contrasting the character of Medea with the public tragedy of Britney Spears, MEDEA/BRITNEY uses multimedia elements to explore themes of proper femininity, the performative properties of public female bodies and the mythology of motherhood. The one-person show re-locates Medea's story to Spears' bathroom in 2008 when, at the height of her highly-publicized breakdown, she locked herself in the bathroom with her children. Subsequently, she was hospitalized and an on-going conservatorship was granted to her father. The show juxtaposes Medea's decision to carry out the murder with Spears' choice to return the children, considering the women's respective punishments.
MEDEA/BRITNEY was devised as part of a class taught by Kate Whoriskey at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing. After further development at NYU, the project received a workshop production at The Living Gallery, curated as part of Thirsty Theatre Nights, in 2015. In October 2019, a re-imagined workshop was presented as part of FringeCLUB, an initiative of the NYC Fringe, at the Nuyorican Poets Café. Then, the piece received its official premiere production at the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre at HERE as part of the Co-op@HERE program December 6th-8th.
Featuring Sophia Frank
Directed and Written by James Clements
Production, Set, Costume, and Video Design by Pablo Calderón Santiago
Lighting by Jack Scaletta
Produced by the Cloudbusters
Presented by What Will The Neighbors Say?
Photography by Pablo Calderón Santiago