A Classic Greek Tale is Reborn at William Woods
|2/21/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Those who enjoy contemporary love stories need look no further than William Woods University for gratification. A woman scorned seeks revenge—the story of “Medea” is a classic tale with a modern twist, including Aztec themes and horror music.
“Medea,” written by Euripides, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. March 3 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Although this story is familiar, its roots are thousands of years old.
In Greek mythology, Medea sacrificed everything for the love of Jason and a promise of marriage. She used her magic to help him obtain the Golden Fleece. She left her own family and country behind to move to Corinth with him. She bore him two sons and yet Jason abandoned her to marry the daughter of Creon, the King of Corinth.
But beware of the woman scorned, as Medea uses all her womanly charms and magic to exact the ultimate revenge upon Jason.
Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, has worked at William Woods for 30 years and even helped the university produce “Medea” at the beginning of his WWU career.
But this time he brings a new spin to the story by incorporating Aztec themes, inspired by the recent apocalypse scare, and horror music, with the hope of engaging the students and giving the story a modern twist.
Kayla Jo Pulliam, who plays Medea, has been a fan of the play and the story since she was in junior high school and cried when she heard that William Woods was putting on the production this year. She and Calvin Hawkins, who plays Jason, have prepared for their roles by researching the history of Medea and exploring Jason and Medea's relationship.
Other cast members are Stephen Chamineak as Creon; T.J. Green as Aegeus; Jonathon Meyer as attendant to Aegeus; Maggie Hunter as nurse; Michael Dodson as tutor; Matt Kornegay as messenger; Melissa Williams, Chandra Jackson, Grace Gratton and Caroline Boulanger, chorus; Caroline Boulanger as shadow princess; Stephen Chamineak as shadow king; Jonathon Meyer and Shelby Cobb as shadow attendants.
Scene/lighting design is by Joe Potter, costume design by Jane Friedman, makeup design by Kristin Bailey and special effects design by Matt Kornegay.
Jennifer Steindorf is the stage manager; Katharine Carney is the master electrician/light operator; Molly Feldt is sound engineer/board operator, Paige Runge is wardrobe mistress/assistant stage manager and Kassi Davidson is scenic charge person/head painter and Kassi Davidson and Joe Merlotti are the prop crew.
Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for children (ages 6-12); $8 for WWU students, faculty, and staff; and $10 for senior citizens (62+).