THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Written by ELFRIEDE JELINEK | Translated by GITA HONEGGER
Directed by YANA ROSS
Mike Floyd and Hayli Henderson
World Premiere at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival in a BMP production, October 2008
Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek reinvents this classic story with the help of acclaimed experimental Russian director Yana Ross in a dark and humorous production destined for an international tour of the festival circuit. In Jelinek’s version of this timeless fairytale, an apocalyptic battle of the sexes ensues. Locked up in an orthopedic corset and strapped to metal and glass for a hundred years, the Princess is as fragile as a Ndebele doll. Soon after the Prince rips off her surgical armor, she learns to walk again, and the two become embroiled in a bitter and macabre struggle for power in a work that deftly explores our illusions’ of sexuality, of power, and of being itself. Sleeping Beauty workshopped at the Yale Cabaret and premiered at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (Korea) in Fall 2008 in a Beth Morrison Projects world-premiere.
"Sleeping Beauty is a play that explores our illusions—of sexuality, of power, of being itself—in an unconventional and occasionally disturbing way."
- The Yale Herald