the wife of the man of many wiles

Believe what you want to. Believe that I wove, If you wish, twenty years, and waited, while you Were knee-deep in blood, hip-deep in goddesses. I’ve not much to show for twenty years’ weaving— I have but one half-finished cloth at the loom. Perhaps it’s the lengthy, meticulous grieving. Explain how you want to. Believe…

play thirty eight: black medea

Author: Wesley Enoch Published: 2007 Synopsis: “Black Medea is Wesley Enoch’s richly poetic adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. Blending the cultures of Ancient Greek and Indigenous storytelling, Enoch weaves a commentary on contemporary Aboriginal experience.” (Synopsis taken from here). What moved me: The brilliance of this work is the deftness with which Enoch has insinuated the Medea narrative…

play thirty five: fewer emergencies

Author: Martin Crimp Published: 2005 Synopsis: “A group of people sit and tell stories. The first is about a woman who realises her marriage is a mistake but stays, colluding with her husband in living a public lie while wreaking damage and violence behind closed doors. In the second a Dunblane type massacre has occurred;…

play twenty four: uncle vanya

Author: Anton Chekhov Published: 1899 Translator: Elisaveta Fen Synopsis: The gout-ridden professor Serebriakov has retired to his country estate with his much younger wife Yeliena Andryeevna. His daughter from his first marriage, Sonia, and her uncle, Vanya, have looked after his affairs but gradually realise that his much-lauded career, which they have tirelessly supported, has been a…

play twenty two: ivanov

Writer: Anton Chekhov Published: 1887 Suggested by: with this new week comes our first suggestion for the play-a-day club. Colin Ho, Amy Satchell, and Chris Hay suggested a chronological reading of Chekhov’s major works (Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard) in order to track the development of Chekhov as an artist…