[Phoenix-eNews] PHOENIX THEATRE: BackstagePASS eNews: March 2009

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      eNews: Phoenix BackstagePASS

Love, betrayal, revenge... all the ingredients of a good Greek tragedy. 
But where does history end and myth begin? The tale of Jason and Medea 
existed for a 1000 years before Euripides wrote his play in 431 BCE. 
Learn more below about Euripides' */Medea/*, the woman and her legend.


      Behind the Scenes:
      Medea: The Woman, the Legend and the Play

At the time Euripides wrote his play, the legend of Medea was already 
over a millennium old. As with other stories in the Greek cannon, the 
audience of 431 BCE would have known many of the details about this 
woman's past. Euripides' play continues to resonate with audiences 
today, however many of the themes and imagery in Medea's myth are less 
known to contemporary theatre attendees.

Some scholars believe there is evience to show that Medea was a real 
person. She was a princess of Cholchis and granddaughter to the Greek 
god of the sun, Helios. Medea was a woman of great power and knowledge 
and had mastered the art of sorcery. Colchis, where Medea came from, was 
an area with many riches located in the western part of what is now 
Georgia, close to the Black Sea. It was also a probable homeland for the 
Amazons, a tribe of warrior women.

Jason was the heir to the throne of Iolcos (modern-day Thessaly, on the 
central eastern coast of Greece). His father was overthrown by his 
half-brother Pelias, in a bitter feud and Jason was raised away from 
Iolcos in fear that Pelias would kill him. To reclaim the throne, Pelias 
sent Jason on the quest for the Golden Fleece. It was on this journey on 
his ship, the Argo, that he met the sorceress Medea, who killed her 
brother in able to leave with him. The love-struck Medea agreed to help 
him find the Golden Fleece -- if he promised her marriage. With her 
help, Jason was able to kill the giant serpent that protected the 
Fleece, sieze it, and return to Iolcos victorious.

He returned home to find that Pelias would not relinquish the throne. In 
retribution, Medea orchestrated Pelias' death by his own daughters' 
hands. She convinced the daughters that by cutting up an old ram and 
boiling it, it could be made young again. She demonstrated on an old ram 
(see illustration of this on Greek pottery above) and when they saw 
Medea's young ram emerge from the pot, they did the same to try to 
rejuvenate their father. Pelias was cut up, but was not magically reborn.

Jason and Medea then left Iolcos and travelled across southern part of 
Europe before arriving in Corinth. This maps shows a proposed route of 
their journeys.

Though Jason had pledged himself to Medea, he still desired power. He 
negotiated a marriage to Glauce, princess of Corinth, who would bring 
him into a royal family once more. Despite Medea's royal status, to the 
Greeks she was considered a barbarian and an outsider whose marriage to 
Jason had no legal standing. As is seen in Euripides' play, Medea does 
not forget his oaths to her and seeks her revenge.

The myth of Medea has been reincarnated in many art forms from ancient 
pottery to opera. The role of Medea has been performed by Maria Callas 
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGPd411gOYA&feature=PlayList&p=A2D37A1E85EAA17F&index=0&playnext=1>, 
one of the most renowned opera singers of the twentieth century, and 
Sarah Bernhardt <http://www.sarah-bernhardt.com/>, "the most famous 
actress in the history of the world".

Indeed, the role of a female character seeking revenge on an unfaithful 
man has reapeared countless times in literature, art and pop culture. 
Librettists, painters, performance artists and even soap opera writers 
all owe a debt to Euripides!

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      Upcoming Events: March

*March 19 -- 28: **Medea
* <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/2008-2009/Medea/index.html> By 
Euripides
Directed by Linda Hardy

*March 11:* Box Office Open 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/box-office/>for/ Medea /tickets.

*March 17 & 18 at 8:00pm:* *$6 Preview Nights*On a budget? Join us for 
Preview nights --- the Tuesday and Wednesday before our show opens --- 
for only $6! Tickets are available in person or by phone (250-721-8000) 
at the box office on the day of the show beginning at 5pm.

*March 20 at 7:00pm:* *Free Pre-Show Lecture*Join Associate Professor 
Ingrid E. Holmberg from UVic's Department of Greek and Roman Studies for 
a lecture entitled "Medea: From Ancient Myth to Modern Production."*//*

*March 23: Extra Show Added!*Due to demand, we have added an extra 
performance night of /Medea/ on Monday, March 23. Many other performance 
nights are almost sold out, so consider making Monday your theatre night!

<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/season/2007-2008/duchess/index.html>
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      Phoenix Phacts:
      News on Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Students

/*Ride the Cyclone*/ <http://www.intrepidtheatre.com/series09.php#ride> 
is the long-awaited sequel to */Legoland/*, presented at the Phoenix 
Theatre in October 2008. Written by past student Jacob Richmond (with 
lyrics and music by Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond) and directed by 
Atomic Vaudeville co-founders *Britt Small* (MFA '04) and Jacob 
Richmond, the play features many Theatre alumni and current students 
including *Timothy Johnston* (4th year), *Rielle Braid* (4th year), 
*Carey Wass* (BFA '08), *Sarah Pelzer* (BFA '08) and *Kholby Wardell* 
(BFA '08)

*Mark Leiren-Young* (BFA '85) wrote, directed and produced the movie 
*The Green Chain* <http://www.thegreenchain.com/>, which is opening in 
Victoria this Friday. This film has won or been nominated in for awards 
including the "Leo Award," the Writer's Guild of Canada, "Mockfest" and 
the "El Prat de Llobregrat Award" from Festival International de Cinema 
de Medi Ambient in Barcelona.

Check out past Phoenix Phacts <http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/alumni/> 
on our website.

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      Email Perks & Interesting Links:

Looking for dinner before the show? Or maybe a place to go afterwards to 
discuss the play over drink? *Smuggler's Cove 
<http://www.smugglerscovepub.com/> * in Cadboro Bay Village is just down 
the hill from the University. Drop in and show your support of this 
local business that supports local theatre!

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      Sponsor Kudos:

The Phoenix Theatre would like to thank our individual donors 
<http://finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/donations/> and community sponsors for 
their support of our programs and talented students! Thank you!

* Season Community Partner: Cadboro Bay Village 
<http://www.cadborobayvillage.com/> *
Cadboro Bay Village Merchants <http://www.cadborobayvillage.com>
Blaney's Travel, Bliss Boutique Spa, Cadboro Bay Book Company, 
Cadboro Bay Village Service, Edward Jones 
<http://www.edwardjones.com/cgi/getHTML.cgi?page=/CAN/home/index.html>, 
For Good Measure <http://www.forgoodmeasure.ca>, People's Pharmacy, 
Pepper's Foods, <http://www.peppers-foods.com>Smugglers Cove 
<http://www.smugglerscovepub.com>

*Season Ticket Sponsor:*
Grand & Toy: Performance Enhancing Offices 
<http://www.grandandtoy.com/sites/corp/default.aspx>

Contact Adrienne Holierhoek <mailto:aholierh at finearts.uvic.ca> for 
information about how your company can support emerging theatre artists 
at UVic.

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