Irish Play Retells Euripides' Medea -- Coyote Plays Presents By The Bog of Cats
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Written by Irish playwright Marina Carr and based on Euripides’ Medea, By The Bog of Cats is the story of Hester Swane, whose lover has left her for a younger, more beautiful woman with an inheritance, who may or may not lose her daughter in this new marriage, and who is about to lose her house and every connection to the bog that she calls home. The Bog is everything Hester knows, it is a home and a community, but it also sees much magic: its darkness has born witness to many a tragic ending, many a fury, many a murder. Hester shows us how not to be afraid of the darkness in ourselves. She shows us that even when the end is near, there is something worth living for, or worth dying for.
Directed by Chloe Olewitz
Born in Tullamore, County Offaly, Carr attended University College Dublin before holding posts as writer-in-residence at the Abbey Theatre andTrinity College Dublin. She served as Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2003. Her award-winning plays—largely poetic tragedies of rural Irish domestic life—have been produced around the world. She currently lives in Kerry and is a member of Aosdána.
Like the works of several other contemporary Irish playwrights, Carr's plays frequently include instances of black humor and severe physical brutality. She is distinguished, however, most notably by the fact that several of her plays are filled with classical Greek allusion or are loose retellings of classical Greek myths.