In the village of the big-headed people.
In the village of the big-headed people.

This weekend, Aug. 25 through 28, the Neo-Political Cowgirls have taken over Montauk County Park for a wonderful production of their original work, “Andromeda,” a fairy tale told in dance, music and spoken word about finding one’s own place in the stars.

In the traditional telling of the Greek myth of Andromeda, Andromeda’s mother, Cassiopeia, boasts that her daughter is more beautiful than the Nereid sea nymphs, and Poseidon, the god of the sea, sends a sea monster to ravage Ethiopia, while Andromeda is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to the sea god.

In this telling of the story, however, Cassiopeia is instead a fearless mother attempting to bolster her daughter’s self-esteem, while they wander as refugees through a hostile landscape.

LaWanda Hopkins and LaVonda Elam do a wonderful job portraying the mother and daughter search through dance, joined by a dedicated troupe including Josh Gladstone, Trevor Vaughn, Isaac Klein, Margaret Pulkingham, Emily Selykova, Hollybeth Gourlay, Licia James Zegar, Lee Michel, Lua Li, Nezi Crandall and Lola Garneau.

Performances of “Andromeda” will be held at the Montauk County Park (next to Deep Hollow Ranch) through Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a picnic for an evening spent finding your own place under the stars.

Our full preview of the show is online here.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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