'In this riveting reworking of Euripides' play, Medea is a young indigenous woman who after leaving her family and desert country behind, finds herself in a loveless partnership with the drunken and violent Jason. When Medea attempts to flee home with their young son, Jason makes her promise that she will never take the child from the house. In a breathtaking act of revenge and sacrifice, Medea kills her young child... the child that was the father's heart.' (Source: AusStage website)
'Locked in their bedroom, two brothers play games to pass the time, as siblings do. Off-stage, their parents are having a very famous showdown. At an inevitable moment, the children will be drawn away from their games and into their parents' bitter argument. From there, they will enter mythology as the most tragic siblings of all time.'
Source: Black Swan Theatre Company.
'When Medea fell for Jason, she fell hard. Hard enough to sacrifice everything to be with him. She deceived her father, committed murder, left the comforts of her homeland and bore him two sons.
'So when a power-hungry Jason takes up with a younger woman, Medea’s humiliation quickly turns to revenge and a horrible plan is hatched. Nothing is off limits. No one is safe. Not even the children.
'Acclaimed Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s elegant adaptation will be played in the round, bringing this classic tale of revenge to life.' (Production summary)
Medea is included in AustLit because of Australian-written adaptations.
First produced in Athens in 431 BCE.