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Thursdays: June 27, July 25, and August 22 | 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Summer Thursdays 2019: Medusa

Summer Thursdays are BACK at the Museum of Science! After taking Boston nightlife by storm the past two years, the series returns to the Charles Hayden Planetarium with an all-new groundbreaking lineup of innovative nightlife. Every Thursday night, the dome will light up with one-of-a-kind new collaborations, performances, film screenings, and more. Fourth Thursdays, join Brian King and his cabaret band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? to reclaim the myth in the world premiere of Medusa, a new multimedia musical experience.

All Summer Thursdays experiences are for audiences 18+.

Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth

  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 22

This animated audio play with live band performance retells the Medusa tale for the modern era: reclaiming underlying themes of female empowerment, cunning, collaboration, and triumph. In the traditional myth, Medusa is turned into the vilified monster in a classic example of victim-blaming. She’s eventually beheaded by Perseus, the prototypical young hero in one of the oldest known adventure stories. Where did this patriarchal story of male heroism and unchecked domination originate? What if the true story of Medusa has been forgotten or suppressed? Having explored these questions through academic and cultural literature, queer performer and songwriter Brian King traveled to Greece and Crete where he was immersed in ancient sites and museums with Chloe Erdmann, a guide with the Ariadne Institute's Goddess Pilgrimage. From these experiences, including conversations with archaeologists from The Institute for Aegean Prehistory, King began uncovering links to a very different Medusa. In his debut stage play, King revises the Medusa myth, subverting themes of dominance and violence, and presenting a vision for strategic and imaginative collaboration among marginalized characters. With love, humor, and a playful touch of modernity, the script invites audiences to view the Medusa story as a tale of self-love, triumph, and liberation.

Eileen Little, cofounder of the aerial theater company Fight or Flight, directs the audio play voiced by stage actors from across the Northeast. The tale is brought to life on the Planetarium dome, combining 360° video performance with animations from award-winning animators Ruth Lingford and Norah Solorzano in collaboration with the Museum of Science. Play action is interspersed with live performance of original songs by the neo-soul and acoustic noir band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?

Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth envelopes audiences in a multisensory experience while facilitating individual and collective commitment to equity, collaboration, and truth-telling. In a social and political climate where the damaging results of seeking power over others is daily on display, Medusa encourages audiences to explore building power with those who share common values and vision. The play continues beyond the walls of the Charles Hayden Planetarium; the final act is in the streets.

Content Warning: Sexual assault, violence, discriminatory attitudes. This play contains an act of sexual violence that is not visually depicted, but is conveyed through dialogue and audio.

Join us for opening night of the premiere run of Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30 pm. Stick around following the show for an Opening Night reception featuring a cash bar, complimentary light bites and conversation with the creative team.

Ticket sales at the door are subject to availability. Credit card transactions only.

Seating is general admission, so we encourage you to arrive early to guarantee your party is seated together. Doors to the theater will open 10 minutes prior to the start time. Late seating will be accommodated when possible.

Location

Charles Hayden Planetarium

Audience

Recommended for: Visitors 18 years of age and older

Public Event

Separate ticket required. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 day of event

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