Medea

Modern productions and adaptations

Theatre

  • Jean Anouilh adapted the Medea story in his French drama Médée in 1946
  • Robinson Jeffers adapted Medea into a hit Broadway play in 1947, in a famous production starring Judith Anderson
  • Ben Bagley's Shoestring Revue performed a musical parody off-Broadway in the 1950s which was later issued on an LP and a CD, and was revived in 1995. The same plot points take place, but Medea in Disneyland is a parody, in that it takes place in a Walt Disney animated cartoon
  • In 1982 George Eugeniou directed Medea in a Wellacot Penguin translation at Theatro Technis with Angelique Rockas in the title role [Link to live performance of Angelique Rockas as Medea https://archive.org/details/MedeaPerformanceAtTheatroTechnis1982PlayedByAngeliqueRockas]
  • The 1990 play Pecong, by Steve Carter, is a retelling of Medea set on a fictional Caribbean island around the turn of the 20th century
  • The play was staged at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End, in a translation by Alistair Elliot.[9] The production was directed by Jonathan Kent and starred Diana Rigg.[9] The Evening Standard described Rigg's performance as "the performance she was born to give" while the Mail on Sunday described it as "unquestionably the performance of her life."[9] Peter J. Davison provided the scenic design and Jonathan Dove the music.[9] The production opened on 19 October 1993.[9]
  • A 1993 dance-theatre retelling of the Medea myth was produced by Edafos Dance Theatre, directed by avant-garde stage director and choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou
  • John Fisher wrote a camp musical version of Medea entitled Medea the Musical that re-interpreted the play in light of gay culture. The production was first staged in 1994 in Berkeley, California.[10]
  • Neil Labute wrote Medea Redux, a modern retelling, first performed in 1999 starring Calista Flockhart as part of his one act trilogy entitled Bash: Latter-Day Plays. In this version, the main character is seduced by her middle school teacher. He abandons her, and she kills their child out of revenge
  • Michael John LaChiusa created a musical adaptation work for Audra McDonald entitled Marie Christine in 1999 . McDonald portrayed the title role, and the show was set in New Orleans and Chicago respectively in 1999
  • Liz Lochhead's Medea previewed at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow as part of Theatre Babel's[11] Greeks in 2000 before the Edinburgh Fringe and national tour. 'What Lochhead does is to recast MEDEA as an episode-ancient but new, cosmic yet agonisingly familiar- in a sex war which is recognisable to every woman, and most of the men, in the theatre.' The Scotsman
  • Tom Lanoye (2001) used the story of Medea to bring up modern problems (such as migration and man vs. woman), resulting in a modernized version of Medea. His version also aims to analyze ideas such as the love that develops from the initial passion, problems in the marriage, and the "final hour" of the love between Jason and Medea
  • Kristina Leach adapted the story for her play The Medea Project, which had its world premiere at the Hunger Artists Theatre Company in 2004 and placed the story in a modern day setting.[12]
  • Peter Stein directed Medea in Epidaurus 2005
  • Irish playwright Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats is a modern re-telling of Euripides' Medea
  • In November 2008, Theatre Arcadia, under the direction of Katerina Paliou, staged Medea at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (University of Alexandria, Egypt). The production was noted (by Nehad Selaiha of the weekly Al-Ahram) not only for its unexpected change of plot at the very end but also for its chorus of one hundred who alternated their speech between Arabic and English. The translation used was that of George Theodoridis
  • US Latina playwright Caridad Svich's 2009 play Wreckage, which premiered at Crowded Fire Theatre in San Francisco, tells the story of Medea from the sons' point of view, in the afterlife
  • Paperstrangers Performance Group[13] toured a critically acclaimed production of Medea directed by Michael Burke to U.S. Fringe Festivals in 2009 and 2010.
  • Luis Alfaro's re-imagining of Medea, Mojada, world premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2013.
  • Theatre Lab's production, by Greek director Anastasia Revi, opened at The Riverside Studios, London, on 5 March 2014.
  • The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea by Cherríe Moraga takes elements of Medea and of other works[14]
  • 14 July – 4 September 2014 London Royal National Theatre staging of Euripides in a new version by Ben Power, starring Helen McCrory as Medea, directed by Carrie Cracknell, music by Will Gregory and Alison Goldfrapp.

Film

  • Pier Paolo Pasolini adapted the play into a movie of the same name in 1969 starring Maria Callas as Medea
  • Mexican filmmaker Arturo Ripstein adapted the plot for his 2000 film Such Is Life

Television

  • Lars von Trier made a version for television in 1988.
  • Theo van Gogh directed a miniseries version that aired 2005, the year following his murder.[15]
  • OedipusEnders, a documentary broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 April 2010, discussed similarities between soap opera and Greek theatre. One interviewee revealed that the writers for the ITV police drama series The Bill had consciously and directly drawn on Medea in writing an episode for the series.[16]

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