DC: Fringe: Children of Medea

Children of Medea
written and performed by Sue Jin Song
Studio Theatre – Stage 4
1501 14th Street NW
remaining performances:
Sunday, July 20th, 2pm
Wednesday, July 23rd, 9:00pm
Friday, July 25th, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 26th, Noon

Description: A story about immigration, alienation, language and meaning, different ways of killing and dying, donuts and ants. Four years after being abandoned by their mother, two Korean-American sisters struggle with growing up. One dreams of being Alice, but Wonderland ain’t no fairy tale. Medea could have told them that.

In this solo piece, Sue Jin Song weaves myth, fairy tale, and present day into a piece about family, alienation, and the loss of innocence. Sue Jin Song creates clear characterizations for all who appear in this piece – the taciturn Korean father, his two daughters, Cynthia, the oldest, withdrawn and goal-oriented, and Julia, the youngest, carefree and playful, and of course, the strong and resilient Medea. Her performance is excellent, though I found the stark and sudden lighting changes to be distracting and unnecessary.

4 stars


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