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Matthew McCray

Theatre, Performance, Image

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Directing Producing


Son of Semele Ensemble

In 2000, I was part of a joint-effort to found a new theatre company called Son of Semele Ensemble (SoSE). As the company's Producing Artistic Director, I have helped to bring over 30 productions to the stage. Regional awards for these productions include the LA Drama Critics Circle, SAGE Awards (ArtsinLA), LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, LA Weekly Theatre Awards and the NAACP Theatre Awards. Each year Sose produces two new works festivals which support the creation and production of 13 different artists, as well as three productions of our own.

In December 2004, SoSE was profiled by American Theatre as one of the "hot, hip and on-the-verge" theatre ensembles to look out for.

SoSE's Mission:

We believe the impact of a theatrical experience should resonate beyond the theater door. As an ensemble of artists, we integrate complex design and performance, producing theatre that embraces the friction between emotion and intellect. Through a process of discovery, collaboration and creative risk-taking, we illuminate and amplify universal questions. To that end, we make an earnest commitment to the artistic sustainability of the greater community.

SoSE's Production History:

Company Creation Festival, an annual new works festival 2011-present
Solo Creation Festival, an annual solo work festival 2014-present

The Ridiculous Darkness based on a radio text by Wolfram Lotz
Archipelago by Caridad Svich
The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman
That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play by Sheila Callaghan
Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
If You Can Get To Buffalo by Trish Harnitaux
Woman Parts, two one-acts by Sibyl O'Malley and Linda McClean
Civilization by Jason Grote
Our Class, by Tadeusz Slobozianek, in a version by Ryan Craig
The City, by Martin Crimp
Roadkill Confidential, by Sheila Callaghan
What The Moon Saw, or "I Only Appear To Be Dead", by Stephanie Fleischmann
Wallowa: The Vanishing of Maude LeRay, by Oliver Mayer in collaboration with the Company
On Emotion, by Mick Gordon & Paul Broks
Slaughter City, by Naomi Wallace
The Designated Mourner, by Wallace Shawn
TRAGEDY: a tragedy, by Will Eno
Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl
365 Plays / 365 Days, by Suzan-Lori Parks
Iphigenia... A Rave Fable, by Caridad Svich
King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free!, by Aaron Henne
Preludes & Fugues, by John Glore
Hyperbole: epiphany, by Rogue Artists Ensemlbe & SoSE
The Mysteries, Parts 1 & 2, by Anon, adapted by Edward Kemp
Wilhelm Reich in Hell, by Robert Anton Wilson
The Tower, by Matthew Maguire
A Human Interest Story..., by Carlos Murillo
Film is Evil: Radio is Good, by Richard Foreman
Somewhere, Someone Said, by Kristen Brennan, Graham Dodge, Pamela Ezell & Scott Christian
Back Story, by Joan Ackermann
The American Plan, by Richard Greenberg
Peer Gynt, Part One, by Henrick Ibsen
Short Plays: Lava by Richard Foreman; and, Breath by Samuel Beckett
Earthlings, by Matthew McCray