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Seana McKenna stars in Yaga, a 'socially conscious fairy tale' that expands on the aging woman archetype

McKenna re-imagines an old piece of Slavic folklore to interrogate what it means to be sexually liberated as an older woman.
Seana McKenna in Yaga. (Cylla von Tiedemann)

You've probably had to confront the idea of aging in one way or another. We all deal with some feelings of discomfort and disbelief around getting older, but for women, aging can be a unique experience. 

Seana McKenna has spent 40 years onstage, including 20 years spent with the Stratford Festival performing in Julius Caesar, King Lear, Lady Macbeth and more. She's one of the great Canadian stage actors of her time, known for taking up roles that often challenge the place of women in society today.

In Yaga, written and directed by Canadian playwright Kat Sandler, McKenna re-imagines an ancient story from Slavic folklore with a feminist twist. She joined q guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe to explore what it means and how it feels to age as a woman today.

You can catch Yaga now at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto until Sunday, Oct. 27. 

Download our podcast or click the 'Listen' link near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Seana McKenna. 

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