Designed, directed and adapted by Theodora Skipitares, Medea is the latest in her series of plays based on Greek classics. Building on Euripides' iconic story of a spurned woman who kills her competition as well as her own children, Ms. Skipitares' Medea begins many years before: Medea is a child who lives at the edge of the Black Sea and has profound magical powers, falls in love with the handsome Jason, and helps him steal the Golden Fleece. The story moves forward in time to Corinth, where Medea is abandoned by Jason for the young daughter of the King.
The production features puppets, created by Cecilia Schiller and Ms. Skipitares, in various styles: colored shadow puppets, small rod puppets, as well as realistic life-size figures operated by actors; along with the use of video and live music, and a chorus represented by gigantic heads worn on the bodies of female performers.
Medea has an original musical score by Tim Schellenbaum, lighting design by Pat Dignan, and video projections by Kay Hines.