Set In Los Angeles, Greek Tragedy ‘Medea’ Gets A Modern Twist
September 19, 2015
The MacArthur Genius fellow has retold the stories of Electra and Oedipus Rex …
The 2,400-year-old plot from Euripides tells the story of a sorceress who flees her home country with her lover, the hero Jason, and settles in Corinth, only to lose him to the daughter of the king.
Mary Louise Hart is the curator for classical drama at the Getty Villa, where the play is being produced. She says there’s power in how audiences respond to these characters – both the admiration of hard work and hope in the future, but also in the darker side of ambition.
HART: Well, Medea was a terrible person. She was bad. She was evil. She was a killer, and she was willing to cross the line to get what she wanted.