German playwright-director Heiner Muller's reworking of the Medea myth, Medea Text: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore, will be unveiled June 2 at City Garage for a five-week run. Muller's play has been adapted for City Garage (with additional material) by Charles Duncombe, who also directs."Muller uses the Medea myth to mine the landscape of a volatile contemporary Germany," said Duncombe, "mixing recent history and warring ideas with the ancient archetype of the betraying male/avenging female. In this production, Muller's post- modern Medea is brought into an L.A. landscape of disconnection and is re-created in a theatrical language of our own time and place: absurd, manic, sexual, comic and dangerous. It is a hallucinatory exploration of the question of who, in the end, is the betrayer and who is the betrayed."
City Garage is located in the alley between Santa Monica and Arizona, between 4th Street and the Third Street Promenade. The Sunday 5.30 PM performance is "Pay What You Can." For tickets and information call (310) 319-9939 or visit www.citygarage.org
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent