MEDEA by Euripides
Adapted by Robinson Jeffers
Directed by David Allen George
The premiere of MEDEA in 431 B.C sent a tidal wave of anger through the audience in Athens. Euripides had gone “too far” in his shocking portrayal of the mythical Jason as seen through the barbarian eyes of his estranged wife Medea. Instead of building his play around the marvels of Jason’s legend, Euripides’ choice to focus on the psychology of the story and ordinary emotions of pride, jealousy and anger left the audience stunned.
The story unfolds on the final day before Medea is to be exiled from Corinth by King Creon. Jason has married the king’s daughter and denies his sworn union with Medea. With their two sons in the balance Jason fails to keep Medea from practicing her ancient black arts. In a horrific series of on-stage actions of vengeance and premeditated murder Medea extracts her methodical revenge at the cost of everything she holds dear. Her final act of “justice”, the murder of her two sons, assures the destruction of Jason’s immortality.
NOTE: This production portrays on stage the simulated aftermath of violent events that occurred offstage.
Roundtable: “The Tragedy of Infanticide: A Contemporary View of Mothers Who Kill Their Children.” Panelists from women’s studies, political science, criminal Justice, social work, and forensic science discuss how this act is framed today by the media and our society. April 11, 11 am, Sullivan 018.
Pre-show conversation: “A Director’s Perspective of Medea” – Catherine Bertrand ’06 director of Salem Theatre’s March production of Medea and Salem State director David Allen George will compare and contrast their interpretations of the play as a female vs. a male sitting in the director’s chair. March 18 at Salem Theatre and April 28 at Salem State, one hour prior to curtain.
April 21-23, 7:30 pm
April 24, 2 pm
April 28-30, 7:30 pm
May 1, 2 pm
$10 seniors and non-Salem State students