Statuary is a contemporary retelling of the highly-romanticized Pygmalion myth from the perspective of his statue-turned-wife, Galatea. Combining passages from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and contemporary dialogue, this two-person play explores the issues of consent control and agency in abusive relationships.
Content warning: domestic abuse, sexual assault.
Director's note: I have always been somewhat perturbed by the androcentric nature of literature. Up until recently stories were written by men for men and about men. Women would come and go as a means of serving men and fulfilling their desires, but were never fully fleshed out people themselves. I wanted to subvert this by giving the female, quite literally, a voice. A chance to depict what reality may have looked like beneath a poet’s sweet nothings. A chance to discuss core issues that, despite strides we have made, have transcended time. - Taylor Paskar
Cast and Production Team
Pygmalion: Samson Mills
Galatea: Maryam Nour
Narrator: Noah Labrance
Playwright, Director: Taylor Paskar
Stage Manager: Alicia Magliocco
Costume, Prop, Set & Lighting Designer: Isabel Gelfand
Lighting Assistant: You Chen Zhang
Sound Designer: Kaylie Rennebohm
Fight Director: Natasha Perry-Fagant