A Classic Greek Tale is Reborn at William Woods

Those who enjoy contemporary
love stories need look no further than William Woods University for
gratification. A woman scorned seeks
revenge—the story of “Medea” is a classic tale with a modern twist, including
Aztec themes and horror music.
 
“Medea,”
written by Euripides, will
be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 and at 2 p.m. March 3 in
Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Although
this story is familiar, its roots are thousands of years old.
In Greek
mythology, Medea sacrificed everything for the love of Jason and a promise of
marriage. She used her magic to help him obtain the Golden Fleece. She left her
own family and country behind to move to Corinth with him. She bore him two
sons and yet Jason abandoned her to marry the daughter of Creon, the King of
Corinth.
 
But beware
of the woman scorned, as Medea uses all her womanly charms and magic to exact
the ultimate revenge upon Jason.
 
Joe
Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, has worked at
William Woods for 30 years and even helped the university produce “Medea” at the beginning of his WWU
career.
 
But this
time he brings a new spin to the story by incorporating Aztec themes, inspired
by the recent apocalypse scare, and horror music, with the hope of engaging the
students and giving the story a modern twist.
 
Kayla
Jo Pulliam, who plays Medea, has been a fan of the play and the story since she
was in junior high school and cried when she heard that William Woods was
putting on the production this year. She and Calvin Hawkins, who plays Jason,
have prepared for their roles by researching the history of Medea and exploring Jason and Medea’s
relationship.
Other cast
members are Stephen Chamineak as Creon; T.J. Green as Aegeus; Jonathon Meyer as
attendant to Aegeus; Maggie Hunter as nurse; Michael Dodson as tutor; Matt
Kornegay as messenger; Melissa Williams, Chandra Jackson, Grace Gratton and
Caroline Boulanger, chorus; Caroline Boulanger as shadow princess; Stephen
Chamineak as shadow king; Jonathon Meyer and Shelby Cobb as shadow attendants.
 
Scene/lighting design is by Joe Potter, costume
design by Jane Friedman, makeup design by Kristin Bailey and special effects
design by Matt Kornegay. 
Jennifer Steindorf is the stage manager; Katharine
Carney is the master electrician/light
operator; Molly Feldt is sound
engineer/board operator, Paige Runge is wardrobe mistress/assistant stage manager and Kassi Davidson is scenic charge person/head painter and Kassi
Davidson and Joe Merlotti are the prop crew.
Tickets
are $12 for adults; $6 for children (ages
6-12); $8 for WWU students, faculty, and staff; and $10 for senior
citizens (62+).
Purchase
tickets by contacting the box office in McNutt Campus Center between 1 and 5
p.m. Monday through Friday at 573-592-4267 or emailing box.office@williamwoods.edu. Tickets are also available online at www.Showtix4u.com (credit/debit card only).