A feminist retelling of the Medusa story with a twist. This work is about rape and how a woman feels in the moment, afraid to move, she freezes, but in her mind she is fighting.
An excerpt of Anne’s play is featured below. To read the play in its entirety, please download the Word document containing the script at the link below.
Aesclepius: I am afraid now. Medi, have I lost you to the other side? What is it that can hold you here with me? Or must I let you go? Tell me what happened. By the gods, tell me.
Medusa: You will find my story woven into Arachne’s tapestry. Her pride will be her downfall as all women are punished for any sense of self-esteem. She will lose a contest with Athena, my new found friend. The goddess will misunderstand Arachne’s purpose and trap her in the web of time. Athena will think she is protecting my memory, when she sees my story in the cloth. But, she will have forgotten the essence of my struggle. The staff will be in place again, and she will be unable to see the connection in time from the present to the past.
I have danced with the staff and have seen all these things. I have seen Arachne’s message as a thread tying all memory. A thread can not have fault, but can trap us in a moment if we so choose to be enthralled in the mysteries of prediction. I see her message now. I see it.
Aesclepius: What is it, then? What is it, which turns the staff around? What will bring you back to me?
Anne Murray has exhibited in many cities internationally including Paris, New York, Providence, Madrid, Moscow, Groningen, Skopelos, Berlin, Munich, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington D.C., and Shanghai. She studied at Parsons School of Design in Paris where she obtained a BFA, and at Pratt Institute in New York City where she was awarded a dual MFA and MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art and Architecture. Among her awards, she was given the prestigious Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Scholarship to study in Venice and her work is in the White House Permanent Collection in Washington D.C. as well as the New York Public Library’s Print Collection.