April 21 - May 1 in the Callan Studio Theatre
The first production of MEDEA in 430 B.C. sent a tidal wave of anger up the hillside of the amphitheater in the City of Dionysus. Audiences ranted that Euripides had gone “too far” in his shocking portrayal of the mythical Jason as seen through the eyes of his estranged wife, Medea. Instead of building his story around the marvels of Jason’s legend, Euripides focuses on the psychology of the story and ordinary emotions of pride, jealousy and anger.
The story unfolds on the final day before Medea is exiled from Corinth by King Creon. Jason has married the king’s daughter and denied his sworn union with Medea. With his 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.
Thursday through Sunday, 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
Pre-show conversation, April 28 at 6:30 pm: "A Director's Perspective of Medea."
Tickets: salemstatetickets.com or 978.542.6365
Warning: this production presents on stage the simulated aftermath of events that occur off stage.
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