Erin Olkowski takes on the role of Medea, one of the strongest female characters ever to appear on stage.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - The Lock Haven University Players kick off their 2010-2011 season with a tale of a woman scorned in this semester's production of Euripides’ Medea, as translated by Nicholas Rudall. Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
There are many myths that tell the story of Medea. The history is that she saved her future husband while destroying her own family. Justifying her barbaric acts with tragic poetry is Euripides' particular genius that gives the story shape and emotional power. This Medea has haunted Western theatre for 2,400 years, presenting one of the strongest female characters ever to appear on stage. Nicholas Rudall's brilliant new translation for contemporary audiences provides new insight into this classic story.
Set in ancient Greece, Medea tells the story of Medea (Erin Olkowski), whose husband, Jason (Joshua Miller), has left her and their two children to marry the daughter of Creon, the King of Corinth (Aron Agerton). Having been deeply wronged, Medea refuses to let Jason get away easily, and plans a terrible revenge upon him and his future bride. Her final act is so horrific that it will scar Jason and her forever.
Rounding out the cast are Jared A. Bassette, Brittany Bates, Justine English, Amanda Eriksen, Michael Good, Latoya Johnson, Reggie Jones, Jackson Long, Chris Markle, Lindsey Roper, Tim Saphore, Gabriel Senator, Erika Shulman, Chris Smith and Corey Wilson. Performing in alternating nights as Medea’s sons are four Lock Haven area elementary school students: Christian Girton, Aaron Fausey, Gavin Hummer, and Olivia Hanna.
Directed by Dr. Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, Medea will run on October 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on October 17 at 2 p.m. The production will take place in the Sloan Auditorium. Doors will open half an hour prior to curtain. Tickets are required and can be obtained by phone (570-484-3983) or e-mail (email@example.com). Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of this system and reserve seats in advance. A brief presentation on Medea by several members of the campus and general Lock Haven community will follow the October 21, as well as the October 22 performance.
Tickets prices are as follows: Adults $5, H.S. Students $3, Senior Citizens $3, LHU ID free.
For further information, please contact Dr. Angela Sweigart-Gallagher at (570) 484-2149 or firstname.lastname@example.org