As the capstone to my B.S.S. in Theatre, Religion, and Performance Studies, I directed and set designed my own adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. The production was intended to synthesize the three components of my degree into a tangible piece of art.
Utilizing academic texts and artistic works ranging from Renee Girard’s Violence and the Sacred to Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu, the ensemble and myself were able to draw from a host of tools to bring to life a radical re-visioning that kept to the integrity and structure of the classic text.
While any number of papers could be written on the production through the lens of an academic or artists that inspired it, perhaps the most unique aspect of the production was the vitiation of stereotype. Subverting gender, color, assumed theatrical boundaries, and traditional chorus structure forced audience attention away from the inherent qualities of the actors, and instead focused it on the story being told. These choices served as a scalpel to expose the archetypal characters and relationships beneath.
Rather than restage an ancient story in contemporary times, we used a modern, deconstructed lens to re-approach Medea and lay bare the bones of a story that has haunted humanity since 431 Before Common Era (BCE).
Alec Hynes, ’13
Glenwood Springs, CO
Majors: Theatre, Religion
Sponsor: Janeve West