Prowling the Abyss
Created and Performed by Karen Anne Light
Direction & Dramaturgy by Elizabeth Baron

At Medusa’s comedy club, the host is no longer the Medusa of myth. She is a queer femme battling femmephobia. From dating horrors to her own mythology, misogyny skulks.

 

The other “comics,” all played by Karen Anne Light, express parts of the Femme archetype, derailing the show. Butter Sandwich strains to share poetic insights about…”food”… but she’s so exhausted she can’t get off the floor. Tremble Lip, a breathy, sweet femme just wants to ride in cars, drinking milkshakes with the butch of her dreams. These characters guide the audience in reassembling the fragmented and forgotten mythology of Queer Femme.

This piece is the latest devised work in Karen Anne Light and Elizabeth Baron's careers of devising toward/from the Feminine in theater (Agamemnon, Portals, The Wallaby Way, among many). We are physical theatre artists who have each independently sought to discover and articulate a physical theater by and for the Feminine and, thus, humans of every expression. We now join forces to seek the Queer Femme. The forms in this play encourage audiences to face the wounding  of the Feminine within themselves, and to experience Femme on her own terms.

Production History

HOT! Festival, Dixon Place (NYC) July 2022

Theaterlab's Gallery Series (NYC) October 2021

City Artist Corps Grant, 2021

Performance Excerpt

"I loved it! What a joy to spend time with these characters, these voices, these ruminations, these passions and curiosities. Most of all, what a joy to watch Karen's immense talents on display, shifting between these different personae and embodying these disparate, beautiful, grotesque, absurd, harrowing spirits. [...] I appreciated them all as elliptical, thoughtful meditations on conflicting attitudes of power."

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Joshua Fesi: writer, creator, producer, Brooklyn NY

"I went through stages of avoidance, looking away [...] because I’ve been taught to see my own femme nature as a joke or something to use to manipulate men, not something to just be. ...I thought about the categories we are put into as women and actors. [...] It made me think about de Beauvoir’s opening statement about no one being born a woman, but becoming one from learning her role.
-Alyssa K. Simon: actress, NYC