NEW YORK. The Theatrical Department of the Pancyprian Association of America is getting ready to produce Euripides’ Medea. This is an extended production that will take place on February 23th 2019 and, taking into consideration the previous plays of ancient Greek drama directed by award-winner Leonidas Loizides, we can say that it is going to be one of the most important cultural events of the new season for the diaspora.
Even though the Theatrical Department of the Pancyprian Association of America is one of the newest organizations of the diaspora, it has managed to surprise the community and general American audiences with the stage productions of ancient Greek tragedies directed by Leonidas Loizides. It did not either settle or rest on its laurels after the successful productions of “Electra” and the soiree of music and dance devoted to the Nobel-prize winner and poet Odysseas Elytis; it set its sails towards preparing for Euripides’ Medea.
As Leonidas Loizides mentioned in his e-mail to “Memories”, twenty-five eminent members of the diaspora and American actors together with four musicians are to participate in the production of the play. In reference to the new play he pointed out that this is one of Euripides’ greatest and also one of his most topical plays.
“Medea is the greatest and most savage fairytale ever invented about love. Twenty-five actors and four musicians will display their acting skills and add a piece of their own to the mosaic of the Greek-American Civilization”, pointed Leonidas Loizides , expressing his gratitude towards the president of the Pancyprian Association of America, Philip Cristopher and the great benefactor, visionary and instigator of the Theatrical Department, Nikos Mouyiaris.
When interrogated about the play he pointed: “Medea is twice a barbarian, due to her lineage and her amorous feelings.” Love has two faces: a “barbaric” one, buried in pain and darkness and a dreamlike one, sensual and ideal. Based on the myth of Medea, as it is presented in Euripides’ play and other works of ancient Greek literature, this production of the Art Theatre wishes to talk about the mysterious nature of love; about this “great evil that devours men”; about lust paired with pain, vows of eternal love that are made to be broken, betrayal, revenge, destruction.
About this terrifying passage from the light to the darkness of love’s barbarism. Because “there is no fury more terrible and more incurable than the one born between people that had once loved one another”, he concluded.
The play will be presented at the Queens Theatre on the Park in Flushing, New York. For reservations https://www.hellenism.me/medea/ Or call ( 917 ) 854- 9577