YokastaS Redux (2005) Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: YokastaS Redux
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:28:16
  • Language: English
  • Date: Feb 2005
  • Location: Performed at La MaMa Annex, New York City, in February 2005.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Daphne Gaines (Yokasta), Phyllis Johnson (Yoko), Rachel Bowditch (Yono), Jennifer Lim (Yoyo), Christopher Logan Healy (Media, Laius, Oedipus), Sarah Kozinn (Understudy).
  • Credits: Richard Schechner, producer, director, writer, set ; East Coast Artists, producer ; Saviana Stanescu, writer ; Benjamin Mosse, assistant director ; Zhen Heinemann, stage manager ; Ryan Jensen, photographic montage ; Oana Botez-Ban, costumes ; Lucrecia Briceno, lighting ; Allen Willner, sound ; Audrey Donohue, sound operator.

YokastaS Redux (2005)

YokastaS Redux portrays the mother of Oedipus at four different stages of her life, played by four different actresses. Breaking Yokasta into multiple characters enabled Schechner and Stanescu to reconfigure the story as a plural narrative of conflicting desires and life experiences. The multi-faceted work combines irony, tragedy, humor, sexuality, murder, and pop culture. Yoyo, a prepubescent girl is determined and hopeful as she insists she will not live the life fated for her. Yoko is first seen on the night she abandons Oedipus and last seen on the night before Laius leaves for his last journey to Delphi. Bitter and angry, Yoko seeks vengeance for her ruined life. Yono welcomes youthful, lusty Oedipus back to Thebes, marries him, bears four children, and trains him to be king. She also describes how, before Oedipus re-entered her life, she drowned her boy newborns. Finally, Yokasta, around 55, a sage and sharp-witted cynic, tours talk shows to denounce the "lies?" that Sophocles and Freud wrote about her. Laius-Oedipus-Talk Show Host is foil, partner, lover, son, and father. In one talk show scene the Yokastas, representing Yokasta, Medea, and Phaedra, argue over who is "tragedy's baddest mama." The multiple Yokastas share the stage interacting and disagreeing with each other and, finally, with the audience.