By Robert Simonson
29 Nov 2001
New York City may see its latest Medea next fall. The Brooklyn Academy of Music is currently in talks to bring in the award-winning Irish production starring Fiona Shaw as Euripides' murderous mom. If all works out, the production will begin at BAM and then tour several cities through the U.S.
Medea won, on Nov. 26, two Evening Standard Awards, including one for Shaw. The mounting originated at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. Medea would be part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, which turns 20 in 2002.
Famous New York Medeas of the past include Diana Rigg, who won a 1994 Tony Award for best actress in a play for her turn in a Jonathan Kent directed production; Zoe Caldwell, who won the same prize in 1982; Gloria Foster, who was New York's first African-American Medea in a 1965 Off- Broadway staging; and Judith Anderson, who (natch) won a Tony for her work in a 1948 mounting (which featured Caldwell in a smaller role).