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Thursday, January 9, 2020

In Context: Medea

Photo: Caitlin Cronenberg
In visionary writer-director Simon Stone’s powerful contemporary rewrite, Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn. Transposing the devastation of Greek tragedy to a modern American home with a husband and wife in the tumultuous throes of an unraveling marriage, Stone’s stripped-bare staging throws the couple’s every raw emotion into stark relief, from jealousy to passion, humor to despair.

After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media! (Use #Medea and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.)

Program Notes

Medea (PDF)

Read

Article
Simon Stone Faced the Unthinkable. He Thinks You Should Too (The New York Times)
On Stone and the resurgence of myth: “Instead of alienating audiences, he wants to bring them closer, reminding them of the archetypes that persist even in their own lives.”

Article
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale on Their Life, Their Love, and Doing Medea Together (Vanity Fair)
“We’ve never done anything like this.” The stars of Medea opened up about their choice to take on Stone’s rewrite.

Blog
A Conversation Between Medea Writer/Director Simon Stone and Producer David Lan (BAM Blog)
Stone and Lan discuss their contemporary version of the classic myth.

Books
Medea Reading List (Greenlight Bookstore)
Our friends at Greenlight Bookstore curated this reading list on patriarchy, women’s anger, and revenge, featuring works that span the classical era to the present.

Watch/Listen

Video
Simon Stone in Conversation with Ivo van Hove (YouTube)
The two directors sat down to talk about their approaches to directing and how they have been influenced or inspired by each other over the years.

Video
Simon Stone on Revisiting the Myth of Medea (YouTube)
Stone’s understanding of the original myth changed upon closer examination.

Video
Rose Byrne on Portraying a Modern Medea (YouTube)
Byrne discusses her title role.

Video
Bobby Cannavale on How Medea Resonates Today (YouTube)
Cannavale discusses his approach.

Audio
An Interview with the Producer and Stars (WNYC)
Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and producer David Lan on WNYC's All Of It with Alison Stewart

Now your turn...

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3 comments:

  1. Loved the story line and whole cast members of this show. Keep updating us about more such thrilling shows and movies. Sage Support

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  2. Waited 90 minutes at the stage door after the show and got to meet every actor except Rose and Bobby (an usher told us they left by another door). Despite that small letdown, the play was awesome with great performances from all the actors (especially the two leads), will come back and attend again if I have the chance to be in the NYC area before it ends.

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  3. Media-wise, another opportunity to join the 21st century. Meanwhile, Byrne is great and the children capture audience attention - they are well drawn and bratty, but then look at their parents. Bottom line? It will always be a one-woman show with 8 actors. That's ok.

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