Drama. Poetry. California Interest. Through a mix of sound-poems, dance, and traditional scenes, Catherine Theis attempts to jostle Medea from her traditional, male-defined narrative in this modern retelling set in the mountains of Montana. A 2015 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers finalist, MEDEA features a Chorus of Flames, choreography for The Milky Way, and a collection of palate-cleansing satyr plays to be performed after. Grappling with both love and language, Theis' MEDEA "wants to join with the world, to meld with it. Let's let her do that—see what falls away."
Catherine Theis is a poet who writes plays. Her first book of poems is The Fraud of Good Sleep (Salt Modern Poets, 2011), followed by her chapbook, The June Cuckold, a tragedy in verse (Convulsive, 2012). MEDEA (Plays Inverse, 2017) is her first full-length play publication. She has received various fellowships and awards, most notably from the Illinois Arts Council and the Del Amo Foundation. Theis' scholarly work explores the relationship between H.D.'s classical translations and her poetics. Author City: SANTA MONICA, CA USA