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As a follow-up to my interview with Pleiades playwright Marissa Skudlarek, I also spoke with director Katja Rivera.
I asked her about her approach to the material, historical accuracy, and bringing a maternal perspective to a story of young women trying to find their place in the world.
Charles Lewis III returns with part two of his interviews with the creative team behind Pleiades, which opens later this week at the Phoenix Theatre.
“A son is a son ‘til he takes a wife, a daughter’s a daughter all of her life.”
– Old Irish Proverb
I had the pleasure of taking part in the ‘Pub’s production of Jean Cocteau’s Orphée, newly-translated by Marissa Skudlarek. I wore a horse’s head and that is all you need know about my involvement. It was my first – and hopefully not last – time working with director Katja Rivera. I’d first heard of her in 2011 when she directed another primarily female show set in the early 1970s, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Star of that show, actress/songbird Michelle Jasso, affectionately Katja described as “no bullshit, but incredibly open to collaboration and suggestion”. With the full production…
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