Over 2500 years ago, a play called Medea came into existence in Greece written by a man named Euripides. It has been translated and retranslated - adapted and readapted. Audiences seem absolutely fixated on this woman that kills her two small children as an act of vengeance against her former lover.
Now Vernal & Sere Theatre has reimagined the epic yet again with a new play called Medea Unborn written by company member Sawyer Estes. By skewing the timeline ever so slightly so that Medea is five months pregnant with twins when the play begins, this production is allowed to focus entirely on the abortive act, repeatedly asking an almost unfathomable question: Does that change things, for you? Does it make it better? Or worse? In our second full production, we explore the forgotten space between the myth and the mother.
At a time when our country appears ready to split at the seams over a number of issues, we are prepared to tackle one of the more polarizing ones. In keeping with our company motto of presenting imaginative, avant-garde theatre that makes no apologies and no concessions, we are absolutely thrilled to offer a world-premiere work that so exemplifies that statement. Written in verse and utilizing movement, music, and film - this will be a giant step forward for Vernal & Sere Theatre as we present another work that straddles the line between sacred and profane, life and death, happiness and grief.
Written by VST Co-Founder Sawyer Estes. Directed by Co-Founder Erin O’Connor. Designed by Lindsey Sharpless. The cast includes Co-Founder Erin Boswell as Medea, Co-Founder Kathrine Barnes as Nurse, Madelyn Wall as Creusa, Spencer Kolbe Miller as Jason, Jason C. Louder as Madear, Reed Sellers as Creon, and Simone Monet, MK Martin, and Chelsea Christopher as Greek Chorus.
The production runs for three weekends: June 30th—July 16th at 8 PM.
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