October 20, 2010
Knox College Theatre presents the Greek tragedy "Medea," by Euripides, at 7:30 p.m., nightly November 3-6, 2010, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, on the Knox campus in Galesburg, Illinois.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni, and free to all Knox students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance, or by making advanced reservation at 309-341-7472.
Photos: Top, Nellie Ognacevic as Medea plots her revenge against an unfaithful husband. Right, Julie Schneider (left) and Alicia Vallorani, as two Corinthian women stunned by Medea's brutality.
Directed by Jeff Grace, visiting assistant professor of theatre, the production features both a modern verse translation by Robin Robertson and a modern set and design.
"'Medea' is a more than a revenge tragedy," Grace says. "The contemporary translation by Robin Robertson and the Knox production, designed by Craig Choma and Margo Shively, show how a bloody deed of vengeance grows out of injured love, sensitivity and suffering."
Photo, right: Jack Dryden (left) as Jason and director Jeff Grace in rehearsal.
First performed in 431 BCE, the play draws its figures from an older Greek myth. The sorceress Medea enacts a shocking revenge on her husband, Jason, the Greek hero of the Argonauts, after he abandons her and their children for a new wife.
Photo, below: Before rehearsal, assistant stage manager Marina Capizzi and stage manager Ivy Reid check horoscopes. Trivia quiz: what part of the play is memorialized in a constellation?
"We have taken the 'evil sorceress' out of our interpretation, and we're dealing specifically with the issue of infidelity," Grace says. "What does a woman do, when she's scorned by her husband? In our production, Medea is not a mythological character, she's a human being."
Founded in 1837, Knox is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, with students from 45 states and 48 countries. Knox's "Old Main" is a National Historic Landmark and the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Medea, by Euripides
Translated by Robin Robertson
Medea - Nellie Ognacevic
Jason - Jack Dryden
Creon, King of Corinth - Willi Goehring
Aegeus, King of Athens - Noel Sherrard
Chorus of Corinthian Women - Alicia Vallorani, Kate Donoghue, Julie Schneider
Nurse - Avery Wigglesworth
Tutor - Jamie Ruml
Messenger - Chris Bakka
Jeff Grace - Director
Craig Choma - Technical Director, Scene and Lighting Designer
Margo Shively - Costume Designer
Photo, right: Technical director Craig Choma, associate professor of theatre, displays a model of his set design for the Knox College production of Medea.
Josh Gunter - Assistant Director
Ivy Reid - Stage Manager
Marina Capizzi, Bethany Marinier - Assistant Stage Managers
Franzesca Mayer - Assistant Costume Designer
Alex Lindgren - Sound Designer
Alix DeWald - Scenic Artist
Anna Munzesheimer, Liz Picurro - Properties