Fusion Theatre's "MEDEA" - Euripides' Tragedy Infused with Eponymous Opera - Gene Frankel in NYC - March 2024
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:26 pm EST 02/06/24


Euripides' Greek Tragedy Infused with Excerpts from Luigi Cherubini's Opera

Written by Euripides

Music Composed by Luigi Cherubini

Directed by Eilin O'Dea

March 13-31, 2024

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Opening Night: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Gene Frankel Theatre

24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012

General Admission Tickets: $35.88 / Students & Seniors: $25.88

For tickets, visit FusionTheatreNYC.com. Direct ticketing link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/798795939157?aff=oddtdtcreator

Runtime: 2 hours (includes one 15-minute intermission)

(New York – February 5, 2024) – Fusion Theatre presents MEDEA, an innovative infusion of Euripides' Greek tragedy with excerpts from Luigi Cherubini's eponymous opera, exemplifying the company's signature blend of classic opera with classic plays. Artistic Director Eilin O'Dea directs a cast of 12, including O'Dea as Medea, with Alessandro Caronna, Kat Collins, Kara Gordon, Kenny Harmon, Rina Haruki, Nicole LeBlanc, Maureen O'Boyle, Alexa Rabago, Patricio Rabago, and Ruth Rooney, with additional casting to be announced soon. MEDEA will be staged from March 13-31, 2024, at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC 10012.

Fusion Theatre's Medea integrates Luigi Cherubini's eponymous opera for a unique production of Euripides' classic Greek tragedy. Scorned by the father of her children who has denounced her and is marrying another woman, Medea concocts a terrible revenge.

"Music intensifies and elucidates the drama by extending an emotion or a moment, allowing for sharp contrasts, and heightening the subtext," says Fusion Co-Founder Paul Gerrit Groen. "By integrating a classical operatic Medea into the classic Greek tragedy, we bring the world from which Medea is now excluded right to her doorstep, and audiences can experience multiple, augmented levels of conflict, love and regret simultaneously, and from various points of view."

Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

The runtime is two hours, which includes one 15-minute intermission.

General admission tickets are $35.88. Students and Seniors are $25.88. For tickets, visit FusionTheatreNYC. Direct ticketing link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/798795939157?aff=oddtdtcreator

Music Director: Areti Giovanou; Set Designer: Dahlia Barakat; Lighting Designer: Daniel Weissglass; Costume Designer: Anne Zelanko; Assistant Stage Managers: Lila Goldstein, Connor Ausman, and Isadora Audra.

"Combining Euripides' commanding classic tragedy with excerpts from Cherubini's extraordinary opera will be the pinnacle of our unique and powerful theatrical productions to date," said Artistic Director Eilin O'Dea. "Fusion Theatre is unique in the United States, drawing upon a small and talented group of classical actors who are also opera singers to blend these two greatest of art forms for an enduring theatrical experience."

Fusion Theatre was established in 2016 by Eilin O'Dea and Paul Gerrit Groen with the mission of blending classical theatre with classical music for the ultimate theatrical experience, and the belief that the spoken word is always enhanced by music, reaching audience members at an intense and visceral level beyond the text. To date, Fusion Theatre has engaged a growing and dedicated audience with its productions of Antigone (Jean Anouilh) No Exit (Jean-Paul Sartre), The Dead (James Joyce), and a virtual reading of Death & the Maiden with Emmy Award-winning actor John Shea as Dr. Miranda. Their work to date has received critical acclaim for its innovative and bold staging of classical works and high caliber performances.

Eilin O'Dea (director/Medea) – as co-founder of Fusion Theater has envisioned a new opportunity for connoisseurs of both theater and opera, inspired and dedicated to crafting an integrated vision for these two great art forms for the ultimate theatrical experience. A passionate and classically-trained Irish actress and opera singer, Eilin is a dual graduate of the prestigious LIR Academy, Trinity College, Dublin and the Conservatory of Music, DIT, Dublin. Eilin's career has seen her perform throughout Europe as well as the United States to critical acclaim, and she is the recipient of numerous Culture Ireland awards allowing her to showcase her talents here in the United States. Her performances have been consistently praised by theatre critics, with her performance as Molly Bloom being described as "Rich, Passionate, Compelling" (Irish Theatre Magazine), "O'Dea is every inch the sensualist Joyce imagines" (Irish Times), and "Brilliant" (Sunday Business Post). Her performance as Madame Cassandra alongside Cynthia Nixon and Gabriel Byrne in front of a sold-out Symphony Space, Broadway, was described as "Staggering" by Theatre critic Belinda McKeon. As a result of seeing one of her performances at Symphony Space, Emmy award winner John Shea wrote a part for her in his then upcoming movie "Grey Lady." Her performance as Antigone which merged the play and operatic arias was described as "Superb, an actor who sings as well as she acts" (Steve Capra, New York Theatre Critic). "In particular the multi–talented and creative Eilin O'Dea brings the maximum of dramatic tension to the role of Antigone"(Let's Talk Off Broadway, Yvonne Korshak). While her recent Off-Broadway performance as Inez in No Exit was lauded as "driving the play with Pinteresque brio" (Darryl Reilly). Eilin made her Directorial debut at 20 years old directing numerous productions at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Ireland's national Irish speaking theatre. She has gone on to direct numerous successful productions with her work as a Director noted for "stripping drama to its bare truth...she eschews theatricality and gives us a bare truth." (Steve Capra).

Alessandro Caronna (Aegeus) is a New York City-based actor with a BA in Film and Theatre from Arizona State University. He's trained at LAMDA for Shakespeare and The Neighborhood Playhouse for Meisner technique. Notable roles include Nicola in Arms and The Man (The Gallery Players), Claudius in ALT Hamlet (The Players Theatre), Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Workshop) and George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (938 Collective). @alessandrocaronna on Instagram.

Kat Collins (Tutor/Slave) is an actor, playwright, and teacher living in Queens. She has studied acting with The Barrow Group in NYC and received classical training at the British American Drama Academy in London. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2021 with a B.S. in Theatre. Previous credits include Airline Highway at Virginia Repertory Theater (Zoe), The Rover at BADA (Don Pedro), and The Thanksgiving Play at Skidmore College (Logan).

Kara Gordon (Chorus) is an actress and writer. Recent stage credits include the titular role in Wilde's Salome´ M (Stag & Lion Theatre Co.) and originating roles in world premieres Inside of Me, Teeth, 14 Maple, and Washington. She made her New York playwrighting debut in 2023 with Teeth (New York Theater Festival), and The Pool (The Attic at The Tank). Her play Cardboard Moon premiered at the regional Hippodrome Theatre in 2020. She graduated from the University of Florida (BFA Acting & BA English) in 2022.

Kenny Harmon (Jason) has appeared in solo and group cabarets, as well as various companies around the city, including BAM, Joe's Pub, the Blue Hill Troupe, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, St. Bart's Players, Theater 80, and Lincoln Center New Works in productions ranging from plays to modern jazz operas. He was honored to be one of the readers of the recent Autobiography of Malcolm X marathon at the Metropolitan Opera. He has served as lyricist and librettist for musicals including Humpty's Hatching Day (TNNY Soundbites Festival and REMI winner for Animated Short), New York Royalty and Unconventional Comets for Brooklyn Children's Theater, and the upcoming Dantes, a hip-hop opera adaptation of the The Count of Monte Cristo. He has also written lyrics for original choral works, solo works, and parody songs. He is a member of the BMI Workshop and the TNNY Musical Theater Lab.

Rina Haruki (Creusa) – is a soprano with operatic career highlights including International Opera Ball at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opening Ceremony for the International Cherry Blossom Festival at The Warner Theater, opera productions at the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Repertoire Opera Company of Washington. In New York, she appeared in Merkin Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center as a soloist. She toured as Olympia Doll to major cities in Japan, and the recording of the performance was played at the movie theaters nationally. Lead roles performed; Lucia from Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina from Magic Flute, Gretel from Hansel and Gretel, Giulietta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Oscar from Un Ballo, Zerlina from Don Giovanni, Armida from Rinaldo, and Romilda from Serse.

Nicole LeBlanc (Chorus) is a New York City based actor, teaching artist, and 2023 graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. Favorite credits include Men on Boats at the Neighborhood Playhouse (Seneca/Just Jim), The Turn of the Screw with On the Isle (The Governess), To Kill a Mockingbird with The Dreamland Stage Company (Mayella Ewell), and HAIR with On The Isle (Chrissy).

Maureen O'Boyle (Nurse) - Recent New York theater includes Order Up! (Frankie & Co Productions), Gasp!, Uncle Vanya (Columbia University), Macbeth, The Rimers of Eldritch (Snapped Productions), Waiting For You To Notice, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Original Binding Productions), Allie's Appendix (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), Antigone/Progeny (Extant Arts), The Picture of Dorian Gray, Good Lonely People, The Oath (MTWorks). All-time favorites include Pentecost (Burning Coal Theatre Company) and The Castle (The Somnambulist Project).

Alexa Rabago (Child) is a sophomore drama major. In 2023, she performed in Fusion Theatre's production of Medea (Child) and in The Skin of our Teeth at Hight Tech HS. Previously in Mexico, she participated in Matilda, The Musical (Hortensia) and Cats (Cassandra). Alexa has an extensive background performing in dance shows and competitions.

Patricio Rabago (Child) performed in Fusion Theatre's production of Medea (Child) in 2023. He has a background performing in dance shows.

Ruth Rooney (Chorus) graduated with a BFA in theatre from Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA, moving to New York in 1987 where she performed in numerous productions. Ruth was a member of the Oasis Theatre Company in New York City and returned to acting after a 19-year pause, which she spent raising her daughter. She completed the Meisner program at The Acting Studio New York, and she has performed in plays at the Producers Club, Theatre 71, the Vino Theatre, and the Rogue theatre.

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