Bethany Theatre to Present Medusa’s Tale

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Bethany College Theatre is presenting its first9941b-Medusa1.JPG production of the 2008-09 academic year, Medusa’s Tale, by Carol S. Lashof. Performances will be staged at 6 p.m. each night in the Bethany College Amphitheatre from Thursday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 27. The run concludes with a Sunday matinee set for 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Medusa’s Tale is a brief one-act play which tells the story of Perseus and his quest to behead the gorgon Medusa, who has the power to turn all who look at her into stone. In the play, Perseus is quickly subdued by Medusa and forced to hear the gorgon tell the sad tale of how she became a serpentine-haired monster. After listening to her account of a beautiful young girl who was brutally assaulted by the god Poseidon and betrayed by the goddess Athena, Perseus sees Medusa as a victim instead of a fiend and questions his own heroic ambitions.

The role of Medusa is played by junior Psychology major Nicole Fields of Wheeling, W.Va. with freshman Biology major Marcus Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif. and New Castle, Pa. in the role of Perseus. Young Medusa is played by English major Verena Berger of Heidelberg, Germany; Athena is played by senior Theatre major Megan Valentino of Beloit, Ohio. Evan Oslund, a sophomore Theatre major from Pittsburgh, Pa., is Poseidon.

Also appearing in the cast are Ally Tylka, an Education major from Mount Lebanon, Pa.; Tina Rykowski, an Education major from Weirton, W.Va.; Shane Buydasz, a junior Visual Arts major from Canonsburg, Pa.; Johnna Valenti, a junior Education major from Avella, Pa.; Patrick MacGregor, a freshman Theatre major from Westerville, Ohio; and Megan Oberdoerster of Mentor, Ohio.

3279a-Medusa2.JPGThe play is directed by Luke Hardt, Assistant Professor of Theatre. The production was designed by and is under the technical direction of Tracie Lynn Duncan, Assistant Professor of Theatre. The stage manager is Katie Orwig, a senior Visual Arts major from Monongah, W.Va. Devon Farris, a sophomore Theatre major from Midland, Pa., is sound designer and assistant stage manager. The office and house manager is Stacy Meeks, a junior Biology major from St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Parents are cautioned that the play deals with mature themes which may not be suitable for children. Also, since there is no formal seating in the outdoor Amphitheatre, a lawn chair or blanket is advised for comfort. In the event of inclement weather, the play will be moved inside to the Wailes Theater. Admission is by donation with opening night proceeds to benefit the Sexual Assault Help Center in Wheeling, W.Va.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.