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See the video promo for Medea which opens tomorrow night
Date: July 11, 2012
See the video promo for Medea which opens tomorrow night.
A collaborative new translation of Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy,
“Medea” will make its World Premiere in Grand Rapids. Diane Rayor, Grand
Valley professor of Classics, developed the new English translation
that will be published by Cambridge University Press. She has previously
translated Sophocles’ “Antigone” (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and
“Homeric Hymns” (University of California Press, 2004.)
A production of Heritage Theatre Group, performances will take place
July 12-14 and July 19-21 at 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s
Rayor has worked closely with the production’s director Karen Libman,
Grand Valley professor of theater. Together they have worked tirelessly
to make adjustments to the script in order to keep the translation
honest, accessible and at its theatrical best. The revision process
began with 12 hours of workshop sessions with actors in February.
The drama “Medea” involves a woman with partial goddess powers who is
betrayed by the love of her life, for whom she sacrificed everything.
Many underlying themes, including jealousy, revenge, materialism and
corrupted love, bring depth and richness to the story.
The production includes original music by Todd Lewis and cast members
Sheryl Despres, Michael Dodge, Jery Borths, Christopher Weaver, Scott
Wright, Mark Moran, Kim McDaniel, Stacy Schram, CJ Namenye and Amy
Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for students, and can be purchased at www.heritagetheatregr.org
or by calling (616) 951-4842. The production is supported in part by
grants from Grand Valley’s Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence
and the Grand Rapids Arts Council.