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. Together, these characters mend a fragmented and forgotten mythology of the 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.
HOT! Festival, Dixon Place (NYC) July 2022
Theaterlab's Gallery Series (NYC) October 2021
City Artist Corps Grant, 2021