top of page

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 (though she’ll tell you the tale - as she remembers it). She is a queer femme battling the patriarchy that tried to kill her eons ago. Her weapon? Stand-up comedy! With a recent heartbreak and a very unusual take on historical and mythic events, her "tight ten" runs a bit long, and what she considers “relatable content” ranges from her salad days with Sappho to sicking the harpies on her least favorite Supreme Court religious extremists.   
The other “comics,” all played by Karen Anne Light in this solo play, absurdly express parts of the Femme archetype, derailing Medusa’s show. Butter Sandwich strains to share poetic insights about her favorite dish, 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. The giggling ghosts of an ex's forgotten wives dance out of their graves to warn us of the cost of ignoring our hearts and disrespecting the Feminine. 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.

Production History

HOT! Festival, Dixon Place (NYC) July 2022

Theaterlab's Gallery Series (NYC) October 2021

City Artist Corps Grant, 2021

"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."

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

bottom of page