THE HUNGRY WOMAN: A MEXICAN MEDEA

by Cherríe Moraga

Winthrop University

In The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea, playwright Cherríe Moraga uses mythology and intimate realism to stage the contentious spaces of cultural and sexual identity in a re-imagined, post-apocalyptic  USAmerica. Drawing from the Greek Medea and the Mexican myth of La Llorona, Moraga portrays a woman gone mad between her longing for another woman and for the indigenous nation which is denied her. The play shifts from Medea, in the present in the psychiatric ward of a prison, to events in the past that lead to her incarceration.  She has, as the Medea before her, sacrificed her own child.  Through this play, set in the “near future of an imagined past, dreamed only in the Chicana imagination”, Moraga combines cultural myth and theatre history to illuminate an embattled state of belonging and what we must sacrifice for it.

Directed by Laura Dougherty

Set Design: Biff Edge

Light Design: Kyle Amick

Costume Design: Janet Gray

Sound Design: Leah Smith

Choreography: Erica Ocegueda

Projection Design: Syndey Moore & Sarah Gunter

Photo Credit: Leah Smith

el Coro: Cihuatateo

Luna, Medea

Jason, Medea

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Medea

Luna, Medea

Mama Sal, Chac-Mool

Chac-Mool, Medea

Medea, Chac-Mool

Medea

el Coro, Chac-Mool, Medea

Luna, Mama Sal

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