Showing posts from October, 2014

NT Live's Medea

Medea is a tough sell, there's no other way around that fact.  How do you even begin to pitch the idea "we'd like to stage a show about a woman who kills her children"?  It's not a discussion one would want to have in polite society.  Today, thousands of people may watch Discovery Identity stories about filicide, but those are stories about "other people".  Those stories are about people on the other side of the country, or on the other side of the glass, whose crimes are no longer fresh, whose only phase of life the audience is witness to is the "after crime" side.  We can't be held accountable or complicit because we never knew those people "before".  There's nothing we could have done to prevent it, and so, the only thing that remains is the unanimous judgement that what happened was an unnecessary evil, a terrible thing.
But anyone who loves theater knows that part of the joy of it is that the audience is entirely compli…