September 2016 premiere of The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
L to R: Kathryn Farren, Marti Hale, Kristin Carey, Tara Donovan, Shirley Hatton, Mary-Margaret Lewis.
Directed by Danielle Ozymandias at Little Fish Theatre, Los Angeles. Photo by Alex Moy.
The year is 1953, and the House Unamerican Activities Committee is at its peak, fomenting suspicion and distrust, nowhere more so than in the insular world of Academia.
Adjacent to this world, but inextricably intertwined, five women, shackled by societal constraints, defined by their husbands careers and politics, are meeting for their monthly play reading - knowing that one of them has betrayed the others to save her husband’s position at the University.
This is the evening they have chosen to read Medea - and as they delve into the classic Greek tragedy, their own stories unfold, their secrets and betrayals are brought to light, and their friendships are tested, shattered and renewed.
The play premiered in Los Angeles at the Little Fish Theatre in 2016.
Kristen Carey as Alison Dunham, James Rice as Senator Mundt.
Photo by Alex Boy