Serious Play!

Theatre Ensemble

My Name is Medea


In the Greek play Medea, a non-Greek woman, Medea, rejected by her Greek husband, Jason, murders her own children in reaction to Jason’s disloyalty and to the legal and social restrictions imposed on foreigners and women in Greece.  Had Medea been allowed to claim male identity and the social freedoms that came with it, might the outcome of her story have been different?


What does it mean to be a man?  A woman?  Is nature really that neat in separating the two.  Boys aren’t born carbon copies of their fathers nor daughters duplicates of their mothers.  Why should gender be any different?


Ironically, a culture older than ours embraced this idea.  Before the conquest of the New World by Europeans, over 130 tribes across North America accepted amongst themselves the “Two-Spirited” people – individuals who combined male and female gender traits.  Gender in their world was not defined by sex, but by social function.


For three months, we have been exploring what it means to be a Two-Spirited being.  We have looked into our own Two-Spirited souls and developed movement-based gestural work inspired by text from several translations and adaptations of Medea.  Together, we’ve worked to build bridges between the character of Medea and our own contemporary lives in the light of gender identity and function in society.

- Frank Borrelli, Director


Serious Play! Productions


Most Recent Project:


Blind Dreamers /

Meta Pina


Past Productions:


Becoming Antigone

Boriqua: Inside /Out


Crossing the Border

A Fable

Hamlet: Asalto a la Inocencia

I am an Emotional Creature

Imperfect Satisfaction

Marat Sade: What's Left is not Right


Milosevic at the Hague

My Name is Medea

Of Turlygods and Time

Red, Black and Ignorant

The Skriker


Snake and Falcon

Spring Awakening


The Boxman

Tale of the Lost Formicans

Titus Andronicus

Trolius and Cressida


Wider than the Sky

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