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Theatre: Medea

Theatre: Medea: by Euripides
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA  •  Zellerbach Hall  •  Ongoing
Fiona Shaw, Medea
Jonathan Cake, Jason
Siobhán McCarthy, nurse
Robin Lang, tutor
Struan Rodger, Kreon
Joseph Mydell, Aegeus
Derek Hutchinson, Messenger
Chorus: Kirsten Campbell, Joyce Henderson, Rachel Isaac, Pauline Lynch, and Susan Salmon
Deborah Warner, director

The Abbey Theatre production of Euripides' Medea.

The work tells the story of a sorceress, Medea, who used her powers to help her husband, Jason, leader of the Argonauts, capture the Golden Fleece. Jason later deserts her, in favor of gaining a kingdom through marriage to another. Forced into exile by the father of her husband's new child-bride, Medea plots a barbaric revenge against her unfaithful husband. The grotesque events that follow give structure to one of the most familiar and legendary of Greek tragedies, updated to modern times by director Deborah Warner in this new production. The characters appear in modern dress with Medea and Jason in plain clothes and the chorus is an assortment of everyday types — an office worker, a housewife, a New Age devotee, among others, while ancient Corinth is transformed into a bleak backyard scene, complete with a pool of water and massive glass wall.

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