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Medea (1983)

Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason.

Director:

Mark Cullingham

Writers:

Euripides (play), Robinson Jeffers (English translation)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Zoe Caldwell ... Medea
Judith Anderson ... Nurse
Mitchell Ryan ... Jason
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes ... 1st Woman of Corinth
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Creon
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... Aegeus
Harriet Nichols Harriet Nichols ... 2nd Woman
Giulia Pagano Giulia Pagano ... 3rd Woman
Don McHenry Don McHenry ... The Tutor
Stephen Garvin Stephen Garvin ... Child
Christopher Garvin Christopher Garvin ... Child
Lucien Douglas Lucien Douglas ... Slave
John Peters John Peters ... Attendant
Alan Thompson Alan Thompson ... Attendant
Mark Leone Mark Leone ... Attendant
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Medea is in Corinth with Jason and their two young sons. King Kreon wants to reward Jason for his exploits: he gives the hand of his daughter, Glauce, to Jason.

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You will want to see this often, but not on Mother's Day
15 May 2006 | by heliotropetwoSee all my reviews

This is the U of Tenn/Kennedy Center production of 1982. Jeffers' translation is as evocative as any I've heard for the Greek plays. I was perpetually stunned by its power. Caldwell's performance burns at white heat beginning to end. I saw Mitch Ryan hold his own against James Earl Jones in play after play in the sixties and seventies, from Baal at the Martinique, to Coriolanus at Papp's Theater to The Great White Hope, but Caldwell turns him into Ralph Bellamy. All he can do on this is what he's told to do. Competently but outclassed. Pleasure also to see Judith Anderson at her most neoclassical. The entire cast is strong. Robert Whitehead's work as the stage director is manifest in their uniform quality. It's all Euripides, of course. And I am grateful for this reminder of who and what he was, and how alive his work and his ideas remain.


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