After my shower this morning I donned the club tee-shirt and a navy sports coat, lowered my crown on my brow and prepared for the performance. We read “Medea” by Euripides. During preparations Janet asked where I got my crown. She thought it was wonderful that my wife had made it for me the night before our reading of “Antigone”. I played “Creon” there too. Sarah S. played Medea and did an incredible job! I always thought Medea was mad and rambling in her early speeches, but Sarah’s chilling performance made it clear that Medea was perfectly sane and plotting out loud. The death of Glauce and her father is one of the most horrific scenes I’ve ever read, but the silent Medea stole the show cackling and giggling as the messenger recites in horror the princess’ demise. Jessica as usual did a great job. She was the messenger. She said she would have body checked Sarah if they were together for upstaging her. Paul O’M, a professional actor with classical experience played Jason and actually made the character convincing. Medea and Jason’s (Sarah and Paul’s) more intimate scenes were amazing!
I heard so many things differently this time. I heard things I’d not seen while reading;
o At Hour 25, we had a discussion in the forums about the Iliad’s Sheer Cliff and Gray Sea Metaphor. So this morning we heard of Medea “as if she were a stone, or the ocean swell,” (28) I will have to look at the Odyssey when Odysseus approaches the cliffs of Pheaecia.
o “What mortals need is some other way to get our children. There should be no female sex. With that, men would be rid of all their troubles.” Medea, Euripides (571) Maya M and I have been studying the Five Ages of Man; no women and no troubles is the Golden Age.
o “Aegeus; A man called Pittheus, king of Troezen. Medea; He's Pelops' son. They say he's a very holy man.” (683-3) Who says, Pittheus is a very holy man? He “died” in the hubristic attempt to kidnap the goddess of death and prostituted his daughter to King Aegeus. It’s like; “Peleus the most chaste of men,[i] blameless Peleus, [ii] Peleus, one dear to the hearts of the immortals[iii] Peleus was a double murderer! The things that make Pittheus and Peleus precious to the gods, I don’t understand.
o “I'll turn three of my enemies to corpses—father, daughter, and my husband.” (375) And yet, for all her unearthly viciousness she doesn’t kill Jason. Is Eros’ terrible staff still stuck in her heart? Is Jason alive because Medea still loves him?
Great session this morning.