This spring, St. Petersburg College‘s Theater Department presents its production of Euripides’ Medea, in a new translation by Nicholas Rudall. Medea is a Greek tragedy about a woman who has been scorned by her husband and takes very extreme measures to get her revenge on him. Written in 431 B.C., this play is both lyrical and horrific in content.
With a cast of 18, this production marks my return to the stage in the role of Creon, which is also double cast with a student. My last foray onto the stage was at SPC in 2001 in Bus Stop. I am not really one to be on stage any more, but students are always asking me when they would get to see me act, and this play just seemed a good time to take the chance and get back out there. I will also be designing the set for Medea, which will include thousands of candles onstage.
This production also marks the return of Betty Jane Parks as director. Park’s last directed our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and students are excited to work with her again.
SPC Theater will perform Medea March 27-31 at the Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater Campus. My performances will be March 27 – 30 at 7:30 p.m. as well as March 30 – 31 at 2 p.m. An open dress rehearsal also will be held on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. SPC students, faculty and staff are free; general admission is $10.