Medea

1979-1980 National Theatre of Northern Greece
Medea - Seneca
Repeat: Theatro Dassous, 01/09/1979
Launch: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens, 14/07/1979

The action is set in Corinth where Jason and Medea, exiles from Iolkos have asked for asylum from the king of the town Creon. There, Jason abandons Medea to marry the daughter of the king and then it follows the terrible revenge of Medea who with her witchcraft exterminates the king and his daughter and then she kills her children. Senekas followed the thematic model of Euripides but he made a lot of changes in the structure of the play. He reduced the scenes between Jason and Medea while he emphasized more on the role of the wet-nurse. He reversed completely the position of the Chorus, which stands with an aggressive attitude towards the heroine, and he placed the other characters as a spur to her passionate reasoning. The main difference although is that Euripides gives a complete portrait of the abandoned and betrayed woman and also a psychological evolution of her character (she hesitates to kill her children) while Senekas is interested mostly in developing the passion that leads her to the atrocious action and present her as a magical power of nature, beyond any psychology. He creates thus a play of cruelty with an intense climate of magic and barbarity, where the crime takes place in front of the viewer and Medea, the witch, shows off her uncanny power.

Playwright: Seneca
Translation: Tassos Roussos
Costumes: Giorgos Patsas
Composition: Stefanos Gazouleas
Assistant Director: Maria Chrysafi
7 performances - 10.836 spectators
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens (14/07/1979 - 15/07/1979)
Ancient Theatre of Philippi, Kavala (11/08/1979 - 12/08/1979)
Ancient Theatre of Thassos (15/08/1979)
Theatro Dassous (01/09/1979 - 02/09/1979)