New Medea Adaptation to Feature Palestinian Medea, Israeli Jason

News   New Medea Adaptation to Feature Palestinian Medea, Israeli Jason
A new adaptation of Euripides' tragedy Medea will derive its tension from the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The work, titled Medea in Jerusalem, is penned by Roger Kirby, according to a recent casting notice. Dates are Aug. 4 to Sept. 4. The venue will be the Rattlestick Theatre in Greenwich Village. The casting call asks for an Israeli Jason and a Medea who "should pass for Palestinian."

Euripides' tale tells of Medea, a sorceress and the daughter of King Aeetes of Colchis. When Jason and the Argonauts of Greece arrived in her land to gain possession of the King's Golden Fleece, Medea falls in love with Jason and agrees to use her magic to obtain the fleece. After winning the object, the two flee together. Jason and Medea have two children together, but Jason then abandons her to marry the daughter of Creon, King of Corinth. The action of Euripides' drama concerns the bloody vengeance Medea exacts on Jason, and his new bride and father-in-law.

Steven Little will direct the work.

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