WCU’s version of “Medea” is not the typical production of the Greek tale. There are different twists that were written by the director, Harvey Rovine. This is a timeless story that took place back in the 6 century B.C. on a Turkish peninsula. The story of Medea was first heard by word of mouth and then written by Euripides. Many throughout the years, including WCU Theater, have translated the tale. The play is the myth of Medea, a barbarian that is shot by Aphrodite’s arrow. She falls in love with a Greek hero Jason and turns her life around for him. She saves his life, kills her own brother and starts a family with Jason. Medea and Jason move to Greece with their two sons. Jason is then given the opportunity to marry the Princess in Greece if he leaves Medea and his family.
He takes the offer and Medea’s world crashes down on her. She is filled with rage and plans to kill the king and the princess. This play displays the pain and revenge that Medea goes through.
“Medea is one of the first feminist characters. She didn’t let Greek male figures abuse her. She didn’t let them beat her,” says Megan Moore, a student participating in the play. “This play is a huge part of our culture. It is still relevant 2500 years later. This is just a particular spin on a story that won’t die.”
Senior Marie Maloney encourages students to come and see “Medea.” “The set uses all of the space we have, it is engaging. There is always somewhere to look.” “Medea” will be performed March 30 through April 3 at 8 p.m. and April 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. in the E.O. Bull Center.