Western Maryland to present 'Medea' Tragedy picked for its challenges

April 09, 1993

"Medea," the Greek tragedy by Euripides, will be presented by the Western Maryland College theater department in six performances, beginning April 23 on the Understage in Alumni Hall.

Other performances will be held on April 24-25 and April 29-May 1. All shows will begin at 8 p.m.

Written in 431 B.C. during one of the most expansive periods in Western thought, "Medea" was taken from the Greek myth about a sorceress whose amorality and treachery destroy her family.

The tragedy, among the timeless works of literature, has influenced novelists and dramatists over the centuries.

Director Ronald R. Miller, department chairman and associate professor of theater at the college, said he chose "Medea" as the season's final production because of the challenges it presents to the college's most advanced actors.

"The play, like all Greek tragedy, has an intensity of emotion and a poetic language that make it difficult to perform," Dr. Miller said.

"I wanted the advanced students to do a classical work for just those reasons."

Principals for the play are Sierra Hurtt as Medea, Chris Patrick as Jason and Carrie Mallino as the nurse.

Dr. Miller said a three-sided stage planned for the production will allow the audience to watch the action from various angles at a height roughly equal to that of the actors. The costume, music and lighting will suggest ambiguity about the play's setting.

Ticket prices are $5 for the public and $3 for senior citizens and students with student identification. Tickets are available by calling the theater department at 857-2599 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or at the Alumni Hall box office, which will open a half-hour before each performance.

Information: 857-2599 or 876-2055, Ext. 599.

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