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Art House Productions Presents "Not Medea"

originally published: 11/21/2018

Art House Productions Presents "Not Medea"

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Art House Productions presents its winter mainstage production of Allison Gregory’s Not Medea, directed by Adin Walker. Performances run, December 6,7,8, 13, 14, 15 at 8:00pm, and Sundays, December 9 and 16 at 3:00pm for a total of eight performances, with ASL and Audio Interpretation at the Friday, December 14th performance. In Not Medea, An exhausted working mother escapes to the sanctuary of the theatre and encounters a play she desperately doesn't want to watch.

Allison Gregory’s Not Medea, is a refreshing take on an old story and gives its audience a much needed perspective on the trials and tribulations of motherhood in the 21st century. A synthesis of myth/magic/real world, Not Medea is a fierce slap-down about love, lust, motherhood, and forgiveness.

Art House Productions’ Executive Director, Meredith Burns thinks the play will resonate with audiences regardless of whether or not they know the story of Euripedes’ Medea. “There’s a reason this play is titled Not Medea because it’s certainly not the same story or even a modern interpretation of Medea, but an all together different, at times funny, meta theatrical experience. That said, the themes of love, loss, and double-standards remain at the heart of this play too.”

For Adin Walker, Art House Artistic Associate and Director of Not Medea, “Euripedes’ ‘Medea’ is a story that has persisted through time about a woman who did "the unthinkable" in willingly killing her children. Allison Gregory moves us to consider: who is in control of Medea's narrative? How are stories about women who are entangled with acts of violence and transgression then disseminated and reframed through word-of-mouth, literature, and social media? We are diving into this play right on the heels of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford sharing with the world her story about Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault and how her story was distorted and her credibility questioned. As Dr. Ford's story is just one of many recent #metoo narratives to come into light, we are struck by how immensely pertinent Not Medea is with our cultural and political climate. We are excited to radically engage with audiences through this play as we collectively navigate the steps we must all take to empower and to heal.”

Allison Gregory’s plays have been produced all over the country, and she has received commissions, grants, and development from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Skirball-Kenis Foundation, ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, New Harmony Project, National New Play Network, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, LATC, Amphibian Stage Productions, Theatre Lab@FAU, and Austin Scriptworks. Her work has been the recipient of the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, South Coast Repertory’s Playwright’s Award (Forcing Hyacinths), Garland & Dramalogue Award (Fall Off Night, Breathing Room), Seattle Times Best New Play Award (Burning Bridget Cleary). Not Medea (O’Neill & BAPF finalist), and Wild Horses (O’Neill semi-finalist) received National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere productions across the country. Motherland (O’Neill finalist, American Blues Blue Ink Award finalist, Harriet Lake Playfest selection) was selected for NNPN’s Showcase of New Plays. She splits her time between Seattle and Austin, where she is the co-founder of the Marthas, a playwright collective. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, Dramatic Publishing, and Rain City Press.

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Kersti Bryan was most recently seen in the national tours of Martin Luther On Trial as Katie Luther. New York: Ensemble Studio Theatre, TheatreLab, Strindberg Rep, NY Classical Theatre, Dixon Place, others. Regional/International: New Jersey Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Commonwealth Shakespeare (Nominated for Elliot Norton Award For Outstanding Actress), Moscow Art Theatre (TCG Award), Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Palm Beach Dramaworks (Carbonell Award). TV/Film: HBO’s “The Deuce”, “The Knick”. “Elementary”, “Golden Boy”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Law & Order”, “Small Miracles”, “Actor Seeks Role”, “Hell’s Heart”, others. Carnegie-Mellon University.

Jonathan Higginbotham credits include: Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre), Richard II (Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab), Peer Gynt from Kosovo (Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab), the feels...KMS (New Ohio Theatre) and Twelfth Night (Elm Shakespeare Company). Jonathan received his MFA from Yale University where he was seen in Three Sisters, King Ubu, MacBeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Orestia and In the Red and Brown Water (Yale Caberet).  Jonathan holds a BA in Theatre from Hamilton College and studied acting in Oxford with the British American Drama Academy.

Isabel Pask performed regionally with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (CA), Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Quantum Theatre (PA), and Chautauqua Theatre Company (NY). She is a spoken word artist, writer, and contributor for the femme-millennial webseries CNT (Comedy News Tonight). Her most memorable roles include Celestina in Cloud Tectonics, Esperanza in The House on Mango Street, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Casilda in Peribáñez. She is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

Adin Walker projects as director/choreographer include L M Feldman's Grace, or the Art of Climbing (Art House Productions), Soft Butter (Ars Nova ANTfest), The White Dress (Araca Project), One Arm (Chautauqua Theater Company), Pin* and the Blue Fairy (Drama League Artist-in-Residence & Dixon Place), Gruesome Playground Injuries (TheaterLab NYC), Jacqmin Family in the Petrified Forest (Source Festival), Rent, and Singin' in the Rain (Princeton/McCarter.) As choreographer/movement director, Walker has collaborated with directors Mia Walker (NYC premiere of Normativity, NYMF), Dawn Monique Williams (Romeo and Juliet, Chautauqua Theater), Alexandru Mihail, Ethan Heard, Tracy Bersley, Whitney Mosery, Louisa Thompson, and Flako Jimenez. Walker is the associate director of Phantom Limb Company’s Falling Out  (BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival and the Kennedy Center) and has previously assisted on productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Cal Shakes, Rattlestick, and Chautauqua Theater (Directing Fellow.) Walker has developed work with Powerhouse/New York Stage and Film, the New Victory Theater, Arena Stage, Musical Theater Factory, and the Drama League. B.A. Princeton University.

Beginning at 6:30pm prior to the December 14th performance, the Art House Access Committee will host a free mixer for artists with and without disabilities. Wine and hors d'oeuvres included. In concurrence with Not Medea, the Art House Gallery will be open for its inaugural Affordable Art Show featuring over 75 fine art pieces all selling for $500 and under. Art House Productions is located at 262 17th St, Jersey City, NJ 07310. For tickets and more information visit  

Art House Productions (AHP) was founded shortly after the devastating events of September 11, 2001 in order to create a place for artists and community members to connect through creative expression. Since then, AHP has grown significantly. In 2007, AHP became a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and was presented with the Key to the City by Jersey City for being a pioneer of artistic and cultural programming and a model of what the arts can do for evolving urban centers. Now in its 17th year, AHP presents a professional season of two Actors' Equity Association mainstage productions, six curated visual art exhibitions, over six youth and adult arts education programs both in school and after school, and the free, quarterly arts festival, JC Fridays, which serves over 15,000 people annually.

AHP's mission is to engage, inspire, entertain and challenge audiences with highly intentional visual and performing arts programming; provide arts education to promote lifelong learning to diverse communities; and celebrate the essential power of the arts to illuminate humanity. AHP provides a home for innovative performing, visual, and literary artists to develop new work; presents emerging and under-recognized artists who are making significant contributions to their respective fields; and serves as a safe space for established artists to take creative risks.

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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