The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias
by michael yates crowley. world premiere. premiered: playwrights realm, nyc. sept 2017. directed by tyne rafaeli. sets: arnulfo maldonado. costumes: asta bennie hostetter. lights: barbara samuels. sound: mikaal sulaiman. photography: arnulfo maldonado, carol rosegg, daniel j. vasquez.
"At several points, the director Tyne Rafaeli opens the blue curtains on Arnulfo Maldonado’s high school auditorium set to reveal mysterious scenes such as the one in which Grace and Jeff swim together in a lake at night. In their complexity and danger, these scenes let real discomfort into a discussion that otherwise seems too eager to say the right thing." -- on THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN, BY GRACE B. MATTHIAS, The New York Times.
"The full title of Michael Yates Crowley’s superb rape comedy—yes, you read that right—is confusing enough to warrant that Tyne Rafaeli’s production start with a clarification. As we wait for the show to begin in Arnulfo Maldonado’s impeccably designed school gym, we hear an announcement over the PA system. 'Michael wrote it; Grace is the main character,' states a tart voice. 'There will be a quiz.'" -- on THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN, BY GRACE B. MATTHIAS, Time Out New York.