An Evening with Andromeda

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 athttp://www.npcowgirls.org. 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 has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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