It’s 2019, members of a theater company rehearse Medea, the ancient tragedy of marital discord, palace intrigue, gender politics, and murder. Set during one of the company’s final run-throughs, PURE MEDEA follows contemporary actors as they create their own interpretation of Euripides’ play, intertwining the machinations of Medea’s revenge upon her husband with the smaller tragedies—and petty rivalries—of their personal and professional lives.

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 N. American Street
by the corner of 2nd and Market streets
Old City, Philadelphia 19106

Saturday May 4 at 8pm

Sunday May 5 at 7pm

Monday May 6 at 7pm*

Thursday May 16 at 7:30pm*

Friday May 17 at 8pm

Saturday May 18th at 8pm

Sunday May 19 at 2pm

$15 Gen., $12 Seniors (65+) and Students: TICKETS ON SALE

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*Post-show talkback with Dr. Sheila Murnaghan, translator of Medea, Norton Critical Editions (2018), and the Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her translation of Medea, she has recently co-authored the book Childhood and the Classics: Britain and America, 1850-1965 and co-edited Hip Sublime: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition.  She is currently working on a new translation of Sophocles’ Antigone.


Sophia Barrett

Hallie Martenson

Josh McLucas

Homer Robinson

Lauren Suchenski

 Directed by

Josh McIlvain

Medea (Euripides) translation by

Sheila Murnaghan

Published by W. W. Norton & Co.

Concept and Additional Text by

Josh McIlvain


Adrena Williams

Meet the players . . .

Medea/Lindsey (Sophia Barrett)

Jason/Dan (Josh McLucas)

Nurse/Creon/Messenger/Kids/Kim (Lauren Suchenski)

Tutor/Aegeus/Messenger/Barry (Homer Robinson)

Director/Chorus/Holli (Hallie Martenson)