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UW-Eau Claire's University Theatre
To Present 'Medea'
MAILED: Dec. 3, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's University Theatre will be presenting Euripides' "Medea," the classic telling of the well-known Greek legend of Jason and his wife Medea.
The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Riverside Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 12-15 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
The play was first performed in 431 B.C.E.
"After all these years I think Medea still speaks to a modern audience in its raw emotions and passions," said Richard Nimke, assistant professor of music and theatre arts and the play's director.
Medea possesses a magical gift, which is the reason Jason marries her - for his own personal gain. Later she is discarded for a younger woman who can give him more power and authority.
"One of the major themes of the play is the characters' excessive passions," Nimke said. "Medea is driven by her excessive love for Jason, which, as a result of his betrayal, turns to jealousy and vengeance. These two strong characters and their excessive passion collide, causing the ultimate destruction of both of them, as well as their children."
The play not only explores the treatment of women, but also society's views on hero's said Nimke. "Jason is a Greek hero yet his betrayal of his wife and family for his own ambition forces the audience to question the heroic stature that is bestowed upon him," Nimke said. "What really makes a hero and what drives a hero?"
In the end of the play Medea tells Jason, "…meanwhile sit there and mourn, remembering the infinite evil, and the good that you made evil." Euripides forces the audience to view both characters as victim and villain. Jason's actions are as responsible for the final destruction as Medea's, Nimke said.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $8 for the general public; $6 for those 62 and older and children 17 and younger; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire student's, faculty and staff with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 3, 2001