Medea (Elliot, trans.)

by  Euripides , Alistair Elliot

Full Length Play, Melodrama  /  5m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

"A startling production of searing immediacy." - Newsweek
"We sit mesmerized...as Euripides gives us a lesson in what theater is all about." - The New York Times

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Medea (Elliot, trans.)

by  Euripides Alistair Elliot

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Medea finds herself wronged by her husband Jason when he marries the King's daughter. She is banished by the King, Creon, but fatally, he gives her one day to prepare for her departure, 'one day,' he says, 'is too short a time to do us harm.' Racked with grief and anger and hatred, Medea undertakes the horrendous act of revenge that see the death of Jason's new wife, and, most brutally, of her own children.
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Reviews

"Gripping Greek tragedy...in a juicy translation that's made for our modern age...Medea is indeed a kind of thrill ride, propelling us helplessly along, careening on the edge of precipices from which we get fearful glimpses of the darkness of human nature. This production uses a muscular, invigorating translation by the British poet Alistair Elliot. It has a directness, a freshness that makes the play seem quite contemporary...It has an elemental power." - New York Daily News

"High powered...classic theatre that should not be missed." - New York Post

"A startling production of searing immediacy." - Newsweek

"We sit mesmerized...as Euripides gives us a lesson in what theater is all about." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Setting: Various exterior settings

Casting

5m, 5f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
M5 (50s, middle-aged, old) F2 (middle-aged, old). Greek chorus. 2 children.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Euripides

Euripides

Alistair Elliot

Alistair Elliot

Diana Rigg starred in this major triumph in London and on Broadway winning the Tony Award as Best Actress of the season.

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