Department of Theatre and Dance to Present “Medea” Oct. 26-28 & Nov. 1-3

Euripiedes’ play to be staged in The College of Wooster’s Shoolroy Theatre

25 October, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s department of theatre and dance will present Euripiedes’ “Medea,” directed by Shirley Huston-Findley, Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1-3 in Shoolroy Theatre (329 E. University St.). The production, which begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening, is $9 for general admission tickets and $6 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and non-College of Wooster students (Wooster students are admitted free, but must pick up their complimentary ticket at the box office ahead of time).

Euripides' most enduring Greek tragedy is a fascinating and disturbing story of how far a woman will go to take revenge in a man's world. The play begins after Medea, a princess in her own land, has sacrificed everything for Jason. She helped Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece, eloped with him to Greece, and bore him two sons. When Jason breaks his oath to her and betrays her by marrying the king's daughter, his ticket to the throne, Medea contemplates the ultimate retribution.

Medea and Jason will be played by first-year students Elena Morey and Dante King, respectively. Also in the cast are senior George Marn as Kreon and sophomore Dena Nashawati as a member of the chorus, along with first-years Louis Schwartz (Aigeus), Max Gregg (Kreon’s attendant), Emma Russell (chorus member), Angela Danso Gyane (chorus member), Hayden Lane-Davies (messenger), Gerald Dryden (tutor), and Stephanie Pokras (nurse). Medea and Jason’s sons will be played by Liam van Doorn and David Snider, children of Wooster faculty members.

The production also features stage manager Laura Pratt with assistant stage managers Bry Lohman and Megan Fisher. The scenic designer is Holly Breuer, assistant scenic designer is Juliet Merillat, the dramaturge is Becca Snedeker-Meier, costume designer is Becky Callan, sound designer is Charles Findley, technical director is Mike Schafer, and lighting designer is Kent Sprague ‘14.

Pre-performance discussions will take place each evening before the production at 6:45 p.m. led by students in Huston-Findley’s “Origins of Drama” class. All discussions will take place in room 102 of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.), except on Friday, Oct. 27, which will be in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.). Snedeker-Meier will discuss “Key Elements of Ancient Greek Culture” followed by “Demystifying Medea” with Dryden on Oct. 26. Jeremy Miller will discuss “The Role of Forgiveness in Medea and Modernity” on Oct. 27, and Lane-Davies will discuss “The Dynamics Between Audience and Space” on Oct. 28. On Nov. 1, Nicole Heusner-Wilkinson will discuss “Mythology, Religion, or Science Fiction?” followed by Justine Walker on Nov. 2 discussing “Medea as a Social Construct,” and on Nov. 3 Daniel Myers will discuss “The Bonds of Marriage in Medea.”

Additional information about the play is available by calling the box office (330-263-2241).