New York City will see its latest Medea next fall. The Brooklyn Academy of Music will bring in the award-winning Irish production starring Fiona Shaw as Euripides' murderous mom. The show will run at the Harvey Theater Oct. 1-12.
Medea won two Evening Standard Awards, including one for Shaw. The mounting originated at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. Medea will be part of BAM's Next Wave Festival, which turns 20 in 2002. Deborah Warner directs. 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.
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).
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