Tragedy strikes the HU stage in the Greek classic ‘Medea’

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Passion, jealousy, revenge. This drama will unfold on the HU mainstage as the Huntington University Theatre Company presents the classic Greek tragedy, "Medea."

After being left by her adulterous and manipulative husband, Jason (Josh Kessler), King Kreon banishes Medea (Kate Smith) from the land. Medea begs the king (Josh Cookingham) to allow her to stay for one last day. Once the king grants his permission, Medea unleashes her wrath on all those who have scorned her.

"This is not a stuffy, ancient production of a classic Greek play," said Director Jay Duffer, assistant professor of theater arts at Huntington University. "Don't expect to see togas onstage. I think audiences will be surprised, entertained, even shocked at times by how relevant this 2,500-year-old play is."

Playing the title role is senior theater performance major, Kate Smith. Local United Brethren pastor and founder of The Well, Josh Kessler, a 1993 HU theater graduate, will return to the HU stage in the role of Jason.

"Medea" marks the third production for Huntington University Theatre Company's 2011-2012 season.

"Medea" will be performed in the Merillat Centre for the Arts Zurcher Auditorium at Huntington University Feb. 23 through Feb. 25. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with a special 2 p.m. matinee performance on Feb. 25.

This play contains some violent images and mature subject matter that is not appropriate for young children.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty/staff.

For reservations, call the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at 260-359-4261 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tickets also will be sold at the door before every performance. Tickets are now on sale.

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