Southeastern Theatre production adds 'new twists' to 'Medea'
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Theater-goers can expect a modern twist on an ancient drama when Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre stages Euripides’ “Medea” April 16-19 at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
“Our production features many of the ancient Greek theater conventions, but with a modern twist,” said Jim Winter, Southeastern theater instructor and director of “Medea.” “We have a live rock band performing on stage, and we are using hand-made leather masks made by New Orleans artists.”
An ancient Greek tragedy about a mysterious woman who falls in love with and marries the epic hero Jason - the man who captured the golden fleece- “Medea” is filled with spectacle, music, dance and black magic, Winter added. The play takes place years after Jason’s adventures, when he and Medea are married and have two children.
“When Jason decides to take a second wife, Medea becomes enraged and uses her super natural powers to exact the ultimate revenge on her husband,” Winter said. “She kills his bride to be, his soon-to-be father in law, and her own children.”
Cast members include Marjorie Parker, Baton Rouge, Medea; Aaron Griffin, New Roads, Jason; Jenna Smith, LaPlace, nurse; Jaren Mitchell, New Orleans, tutor; Dominique Brown, LaPlace, Creon; Trevor Tomeny, Gonzales, Aegeus; Lucius Falick, LaPlace, messenger; and Melissa Simien, Baton Rouge, chorus leader.
Arielle Lemoine, Ponchatoula, Brandy Fulton, Baton Rouge, Kaytlynn Eddleman, Walker, Lauren Tham, Baton Rouge, Megan Haley, Hahnville, Rachael Johnson, Mandeville, Sarah Levesque, Gonzales, Stacie Cooke, Baton Rouge, Tara Bennett, Covington, and Victoria Stinson, Mandeville, were cast as chorus members.
Musicians include Zachary Boudreaux and Robby Craven, Walker, and Nick Baillio, Hammond.
Rounding out the cast are Clayton and Joshua Cutrer as Medea’s children, and Southeastern graduate Alison Maraman as the choreographer and chorus director.
Tickets -- $10, adults; $5, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni, and non-Southeastern students – will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall. Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.
For additional information contact Winter at (985) 549-3546 or James.Winter@selu.edu.