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Cells of Release THE MEDEAD
by Fiona Templeton

Fiona Templeton takes the most basic and ubiquitous of forms, the journey story, and extracts its governing drives. Like a previous generation of radical feminist spinners of word-forms Templeton takes a stand for the primacy of language in shaping the world of experience and in constructing female subjectivity—over a lifetime. In her hands it achieves that most unlikely of qualities, delicacy and even humor.
- from the Preface by Claire MacDonald

The Medead's relentless waves of language serve as tender and disturbing portals between the anxieties of ancient and modern myths. All encased within an intricate yet airy encyclopedic structure that fearlessly defies format or description. This is an uncompromising look at the scope of Medea, unimaginably complicated, huge, brutal and heady. An emotional labyrinth ingeniously bookended by the conceptual and the poetic. A beautiful adventure that is not for the faint of heart.
- John Jesurun

I've been listening to Fiona Templeton and her collaborators read this choric poem/drama for over a decade. In it I hear all of contemporary English open to a force of collective enunciation (nation language, idiolect) against 'standard' English and the economic and gender-based violence it has facilitated from its inception into our present. Superseding all instrumental violence in this long poem/drama is a sustained attention to language not so much as nonsensical or semiotic as widening into larger ambivalences, potential, and subtle vocalizations (phonemics, neologism, homophony)--an anti-epic border song marking the shifting and thus precarious territorial claims of an Anglophone geopolitical unconscious.
- Thom Donovan

Ha Ha Ha Hetera! Consistent intelligence, the refusal of empty theatrical pyrotechnic in favor of deep experimentation of language: neologism, enjambment, historical rhyme, wry and sad humor, blessed combinatory characterization (hum animalism, metametonymy, bodily multiplicity), visual proficiency/energy/speed, sound sequences that tumble from the tongue and which reopen our unfinished business of confronting power in color (goldignity, pauper pauper purpurea) , food ("rootless leg of artificial lamb")and the ("corpse of the") body politic, I dare say…I SAY… Fiona Templeton, in this great epic work, The Medead text version, the companion of great theatrical epic she directs to the deepest gratification of theater that I have ever known, The Medead performance version, has managed to satisfy that persistence and persistently unsatisfying quest always chasing we feminists writers makers to figure out what the hell to do about the problem of the mythic female figure that mother that lover that demon, our darn brilliant mouth. ME DEAD? Here's where me lives.
- Rachel Levitsky

Fiona Templeton, poet and performance-maker, directs the New York performance group The Relationship. She created the 1988 landmark work YOU--The City, an intimate Manhattan-wide play for an audience of one, and co-founded the Theatre of Mistakes in London in the 70s. She has published numerous books of poetry and theater. She lives in London and New York.

314 pages
ISBN: 978-1-931824-54-5
Publication date: April 2014


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Cells of Release CELLS OF RELEASE
by Fiona Templeton

A document of the poetry installation at the abandoned panopticon Eastern State Penetentiary written on continuous paper over six weeks at the site with photos and descriptive material.

120 pages
ISBN: 978-0-937804-69-8
Publication date: April 1997


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You, The City YOU-THE CITY
by Fiona Templeton

YOU-the City was an intimate Manhattanwide play for an audience of one. On keeping an appointment at an office in Times Square, a client (audience memeber) was passed through a series of mainly scripted encounters at both indoor and outdoor locations in Midtown and the Westside of Manhattan, including a church, an apartment, a car ride, and reaching a climax of realization when the client became the object of one of the various handoffs in a Hell's Kitchen playground. YOU-the City was produced in New York City in 1988. It was re-produced in London in 1989 by the London International Festival of Theater. A production in The Hague is to take place in 1990.This book includes the original New York script of the performance, performance instructions, notes, maps, charts, and photographs of the event as it was played out.

150 pages
ISBN: 978-0-937804-38-4
Publication date: January 1990


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