Pace's Medea, Reset in 1940's Argentina, to Benefit Fortune Society

News   Pace's Medea, Reset in 1940's Argentina, to Benefit Fortune Society Pace Cares, Pace University's student AIDS awareness organization, will present a three-performance run of Medea to benefit The Fortune Society's David Rothenberg Foundation.

Directed by Steven McCasland, the Euripides classic — which has been updated and is now set in 1940s Argentina during the Peron regime — will be offered April 16 at 8 PM and April 18 at 2 and 8 PM in Pace University's Eddie Layton Student Union at Pace's downtown campus.

The cast will feature Kerrie Bond as Medea and Michael S. Rehse as Jason with Shannon Agnew, Stephanie Cohen, Miranda Rose Hennum, Kathleen Hundersmarck, Theresa Johnson, Kelly Reader, Julie Robles, Gabriella Schafer and Danicah Waldo.

In Medea, press notes state, the title character "seeks revenge on her husband, Jason (of the Argonauts) who has left her for a bride to seek his own political and personal gain. To get revenge, she winds up taking the life of his future bride and her own children. . . . This production utilizes the tango as a language of passion and drama to cast the landscape."

The creative team also includes Steve Lesce (assistant director) and Jari Majewski (choreographer). Director McCasland has designed the production's sets, costume and lighting.

Proceeds will benefit the The Fortune Society's David Rothenberg Foundation, which "aides in prisoner re-entry . . . through education, counseling and other valuable training. A great deal of the funding also goes to helping HIV+ inmates receive the correct medical attention necessary to take care of themselves both behind bars and during the re-entry process." Proof and Fun Being Me were previously presented by Group Therapy Productions, which was founded by Pace students Kerrie Bond, Theresa Johnson Steven McCasland and Michael Rehse to "produce theatrical benefits for charitable organizations in the Tri-State area."

A talkback session with the cast and creative team will follow the April 18 matinee.

Reservations can be made by e-mailing GroupTherapyProductions@gmail.com. A donation of $5 for students and $10 for the general public is suggested.

For more information visit www.PACE.edu or www.FortuneSociety.org.