Medea (2010)

“By far one of the most alarming and beautiful pieces of theatre that I have ever encountered in Montreal.” – The Hour

Winner of two MECCA awards including Best Production

M E D E A

October 21-30, 2010
at Centaur Theatre

A new translation by Andreas Apergis and Joseph Shragge
Directed by Alison Darcy and Andreas Apergis

poster6Hailed as one the best Montreal productions of the decade, and winner of the 2010-2011 MECCA award for Best Production, Scapegoat Carnivale’s Medea debuted to sold-out audiences at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in October 2010. Featuring original music by Brian Lipson, and starring France Rolland as Medea (winner of a MECCA award for Best Actress), the production is inspired by Greece in the 1920s, a tumultuous post-war period when the country was left with an influx of Greek refugees from Turkey. This marginalized underclass adopted the music known as Rembetika, a mournful music often compared to American blues. The chorus, singing Rembetika, highlights the play’s theme of displacement, and creates a modern setting for this mythical and harrowing domestic drama.

Medea is one of the most influential and accessible of the Greek tragedies. Its plot revolves around the fallout that occurs when the classical hero Jason leaves his wife Medea for King Kreon’s daughter. Medea, after being exiled by the King, has one day to plot her revenge against Jason. That day is filled with dark machinations, political upheaval, and tragedy.

Medea is available for touring. For more information, please contact us at info@scapegoatcarnivaletheatre.com.

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Credits:

Directed by Alison Darcy and Andreas Apergis
Translation by Andreas Apergis and Joseph Shragge
Produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre and Centaur Theatre Company
Stage Manager: Melanie St. Jacques
Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Panich
Set & Costume Designer: Amy Keith
Lighting Designer: David Perrault-Ninacs
Composer: Brian Lipson
Musical Director: David Oppenheim
Cast: Andreas Apergis, George Bekiaris, Stefanie Buxton, Dusan Dukic, Diana Fajrajsl, Elijah Flomen, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Gitanjali Jain, Alex Ivanovici, Maurice Podbrey, Thomas Rolland Apergis, Melissa Trottier, Lindsay Wilson
Musicians: David Oppenheim, John Dodge, Dusan Dukic

Reviews:

Montreal Gazette – October 23, 2010

“Darcy and Apergis are an impressive directing team. This production … with its catharsis-delivering synthesis of dramatic elements, is far too good to be limited to a brief, nine-day run at Centaur. It should tour, nationally and internationally.”

The Rover – October 23, 2010

“It is such a privilege to have a theatre company like Scapegoat Carnivale that is willing to take this big a risk and pull it off.”

The McGill Tribune – October 26, 2010

“The production is a well-rounded, memorable, tour-de-force.”

Montreal Gazette – December 3, 2010

“Scapegoat Carnivale’s recent production of Medea was a sold-out hit. (Never underestimate the sex appeal of Greek tragedy.)”

The Rover – December 31, 2010
(Medea was chosen as #4 in the “Best of the Decade”)

“Already my pick for the best show of 2010, this electric adaption of Medea combined the talents of dozens of Montreal’s best artists…”