Greek Classic Medea to Open at Baylor Nov. 6

Oct. 30, 1996

A cast of 22 graduate and undergraduate students from Baylor University's Department of Theater Arts will perform the Greek classic Medea each night at 7:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Nov. 6, and running through Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Mabee Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. A matinee show also will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Mabee Theater.

A thesis production directed by Baylor graduate student Eric Case, Medea is the story of a powerful princess and sorceress from Kolchis, and Jason, Medea's husband and leader of the Argonauts. When Jason leaves Medea to marry the daughter of the King of Corinth his betrayal sets in motion a chain of unleashed passion, seduction, revenge and murder.

"Medea is one of the first Greek tragedies focused on a woman," Case said. "The female voice in Medea is still done today in modern literature."

In selecting Medea as his final project, Case said he wants to emphasize different theatrical devises during the production such as heightened speech, choral dancing and drum underscores.

"It is a very physical and vocal show," Case said.

Tickets for Medea are available at the Baylor Theatre Box Office for $7. For ticket information call 755-1865.

For more information on the production of Medea, contact Case in the Department of Theater Arts at 755-1861.

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