By Robert Simonson
04 Dec 2002
Brooklyn was recently treated to the new Fiona Shaw staging of Medea, and now Manhattan will be the next stop for the vaunted production. The show will bow at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning Dec. 4 for an opening on Dec. 10. The run lasts until Feb. 14, 2003.
The show ran Oct. 1-12 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Next Wave Festival. The run was sold out, with people waiting for spare tickets most every night.
Medea won two Evening Standard Awards, including one for Shaw. The mounting originated at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. Deborah Warner directs the bloody rendition. Kenneth McLeish and Frederic Raphael did the translation.
Shaw and Warner also worked together on The Waste Land, which played New York's 42nd Street prior to its restoration.
The staging also stars Jonathan Cake, Derek Hutchinson, Joseph Mydell, Struan Rodger, Siobhan McCarthy, Robin Laing, Kirsten Campbell, Joyce Henderson, Rachel Issac, Pauline Lynch and Susan Solman.
The last Medea to reach Broadway was that of Diana Rigg, who won a 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her turn in a Jonathan Kent directed production. Other famous New York Medeas include Zoe Caldwell, who won the Tony in 1982; Gloria Foster, who was New York's first African-American Medea in a 1965 Off-Broadway staging; and Judith Anderson, who won a Tony for her work in a 1948 mounting.