Some tales are so steeped in sorcery that they cannot help but demonstrate supernatural staying power. Medea by Euripides, who lived during the Golden Age of Athens, is one such story. It is an ancient Greek tragedy based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and was first produced - wait for it - in 431 BC.
A new version by acclaimed Australian playwright Suzie Miller will be played in the round (with the audience completely surrounding a sunken stage) at La Boite Theatre Company in a season stretching from 30 May to 20 June. In this most modern incarnation of the classic tale, Christen O'Leary (of Bombshells and Gloria fame) and Helen Christinson (A Doll's House) are set to face off in a tragic and powerful tale of betrayal and revenge.
Christen O'Leary in rehearsal. Image by Dylan Evans. Courtesy La Boite Theatre Company.
According to the Greek myth, Medea is an sorceress who falls in love with heir to the throne Jason, sacrificing everything to be with him - deceiving her father, committing murder, leaving the comforts of her homeland and bearing him two sons.
However, by the opening lines of the play, Jason has taken up with a younger woman and Medea has been banished from the kingdom. The humiliated woman begs for and is granted a one-day reprieve. She uses this time not to get her affairs in order, but to exact a bloody revenge in which nothing is safe - not even her sons.
Helen Christinson. Image by Dylan Evans. Courtesy La Boite Theatre Company.
La Boîte Theatre Company is offering one lucky Weekend Notes reader a double-pass (valued at $88) to a preview night performance of Medea on Monday 1 June! To enter, be the first to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer to this question: Who are the two lead actors in La Boite Theatre Company's production of Medea? Be sure to use 'Medea tickets' in the subject line of your email, and include your name and contact number.
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Many thanks to La Boite Theatre Company for this great giveaway.