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 STETThe English Theatre

Patron His Excellency the Ambassador

of Great Britain, Sir Geoffrey Adams

 

PRESS RELEASE ‘Another Medea’ by Aaron Mark (USA)
Directed by David Geysen (BE) with Albert Pretorius (SA)
16 November 2017 Parktheater Eindhoven
17 to 19 November 2017 Zaal3 The Hague

STET The English Theatre presents Another Medea in the Parktheater in Eindhoven and Zaal3 in The Hague in November 2017. This solo-play by American playwright Aaron Mark is directed by the Belgian director David Geysen. STET will present an adaptation based on the classic text Medea of Euripides (431 BC) each year between 2016 and 2020. In November 2016 the programme opened with a staging of the original text of Medea by Greek theatre company SKEPSIS. The sold out performances were performed in Modern Greek with English surtitles.

Another Medea
Another Medea is an adaptation of Medea from a very different perspective. It takes place in New York City in a relationship between two men. The incarcerated charismatic and enigmatic New York actor Marcus Sharp, recounts in gruesome detail how his obsessions with a wealthy doctor, Jason, and the myth of Medea lead to horrific, unspeakable events. The audience knows what is coming but the outcome is unescapable. The sharp and evocative text by Aaron Mark leaves them no other option than to listen. The battle between Medea and Jason has been told and retold, adapted and re-imagined time and again, but never quite like this.

Direrctor David Geysen
David Geysen of Dégradé theatre collective (previously De Appel TC The Hague) will direct this new adaptation of Medea. Together with Carl Beukman, David is artistic director of Dégradé, a new Hague-based theatre company which explores new ways of performance with sound and light.

Geysen was pleasantly surprised when he read the script for the first time. ‘The composition and development of the story really gets under your skin and the inevitability of the plot is continuously in your mind.’ David said he was excited about creating a performance with this dark and strong text.

International artistic team
The co-operation between David Geysen, Greek scenographer Vasilis Apostolatos and South African actor Albert Pretorius makes this a truly international production. Rehearsals start as of 11 October in the Appelloods in The Hague.

Albert Pretorius, who performs in the role of Marcus Sharp,  has worked previously in the Netherlands. He collaborated with David Geysen on Mike Graan’s Insomnia in The Hague (2008). This continued in 2009 and 2011 in South Africa during the ABSA KNKK festival with Ararat (where Pretorius was nominated for Best Newcomer) and Messen in Hennen, which was nominated for Best Direction. Pretorius has developed an impressive career, winning several awards and nominations. In August 2016 he received the Silverskerm Festival Award for Best Actor for his role as Dirk in Johnie is Nie Dood Nie and the KANNA Award for Best Supporting Actor in Hondse Gedagte. Pretorius works in Afrikaans as well as in English both on stage and in films.

Greek designer Vasilis Apostolatos is the scenographer of Another Medea and is responsible for the play’s atmosphere. Apostolatos is also part of the STET artistic team developing the Medea series. He lives in The Hague and is affiliated with STET as its regular designer. He teaches at the prestigious Maastricht Academy for Dramatic Arts and works for The Hague-based drama school Rabarber. He also works in Britain, Greece, Iran and Belgium. He studied at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. This is the first time he is collaborating with David Geysen.

Musician Carl Beukman (NL) completes the team for a very exciting soundscape. Together with David Geysen he leads Dégradé. A young ambitious theatre company that presents new forms of theatre.

Playwright Aaron Mark’s latest work Sqeamish opened in New York on 6 October in the Beckett Theatre. Tony award nominee Alison Fraser will perform the part of an obsessed psychotherapist in this solo-piece. 

STET The English Theatre
STET The English Theatre is the sole theatre in the Netherlands with a theatre programme only in English. STET was founded in 2006 and is based in The Hague but partners with the Parktheater in Eindhoven. The programme is diverse and produces both family productions as well as political dramas and more classical work. STET is one of the initiators of The Hague Shakespeare Festival which in April each year produces Shakespeare adaptations and original texts. STET runs an active education department with workshops and performances for international and Dutch schools throughout the Netherlands.

With the Medea series STET aims to explore and research this classical test from different artistic and cultural perspectives, connecting it with such topical issues as the Medea within ourselves in this world full of terror and disbalance. STET works on this with performers from the Netherlands and abroad to create a platform for international artistic dialogue between performers and writers.

Another Medea opens 16 November in the Parktheater in Eindhoven and continues to Zaal3 in The Hague for three more performances on 17, 18 and 19 November.

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- Parktheater Eindhoven https://www.parktheater.nl
- Het Nationale Theater – Zaal 3 Den Haag www.hnt.nl

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Links artistic team
David Geysen http://theaterencyclopedie.nl/wiki/Categorie:Uitvoerende_David_Geysen
Dégradé http://degrade.nl/

Albert Pretorius http://www.apm.co.za/artiste/albert-140/

http://www.channel24.co.za/Movies/News/all-the-winners-at-the-2016-silwerskerm-festival-20160828 (winnaar Silverskermfestival award Best Actor)

https://weekendspecial.co.za/johnny-nie-dood-nie/ ***** Theresa Smith
Olwagen has gathered a strong ensemble cast, but as usual Albert Pretorius steals the show – his Dirk character shows the most emotional change and growth, especially once you get to the last the last scene. Pretorius’ tortured student with a yen for the girl he can’t have, who grows into a responsible adult with essentially still the same goal, is the everyman who tries so hard to be part of the cool circle and ends up holding everyone together when things falls apart.”

Vasilis Apostolatos http://vasapo.com