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April 26, 2002

Bay's Puppet Theatre stages innovative take on Medea

Photo: Kristin Phillips, the soul of Medea (left) and Danielle Thrower, the voice of  Medea, (right) interact with the puppet figure of Medea.Medea, a classic Greek tragedy of intrigue and terror, has been given an innovative twist by the Richard Bay Puppet Theatre and California State University, Sacramento's department of theatre and dance.

Utilizing original music and stylized movement, the play features life-size puppets that interact with the actors on stage. The play's subject matter contains violence and death and is not suggested for children.

Medea tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband. The play is about suffering and the sensitiveness of injured love. The strife of emotions which passion engenders is admirably shown and the play culminates with the scorned woman's vengeance.

Directed by CSUS professor Richard Bay, this updated version of Euripides' drama is presented with a post-modern landscape. Bay is a puppeteer with international credentials and he has performed in a variety of international, local, regional and national venues. His recent CSUS production of A Thousand Cranes was selected as an American College Theatre Festival winner and was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Medea plays at 8 p.m., May 2 - 12 with 2 p.m., Sunday matinees in the Playwrights' Theatre in Shasta Hall. Tickets are $12 general and $7 for students, alumni and seniors. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 or at at (916) 766-2277.


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