This weekend only, May 10 and 11, Heartwood Theater brings to the stage a dramatic reading of Euripides’ classic, "Medea,” the most frequently performed Greek tragedy throughout the 20th century.
The adaptation for this classic piece, chosen by Heartwood’s Artistic Director Griff Braley, is that of American poet Robinson Jeffers, whose poetry is stunning and stark – mirroring the nature of the plot and the style of Greek tragedy.
A well delivered staged reading can be incredibly powerful, and audiences should expect just that, from “Medea.” A script filled with passion, illuminating and examining the honest emotions of characters living in this broken world of humanity. Actors on a bare stage, each in their own lit space. No costumes, no sound effects, no sets - in such proximity that full engagement is inescapable.
The overall technique relies on actors delivering imagery into the shared space with the audience, and an audience prepared to listen and imagine.
Braley, having cut and directed a version of “Medea” in the 90’s, chose 10 Midcoast actors who could embody the character types, while also handling the language, itself. A challenge for any actor, who needs to love the words, as well as the philosophical, psychological depths these words embody.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Rd., Newcastle. Reservations available by phoning 563-1373 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Student tickets are $5 and adults $15.
Cast list and full details available at www.heartwoodtheater.org.