It’s 2019, a theater company rehearses 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 intertwines Medea’s revenge upon her husband with the smaller tragedies—and petty rivalries—of the modern-day actors’ personal and professional lives.

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

May 2019

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. Moderated by Christopher Munden, founder and editor of Phindie.com.


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

Lighting Design

JJ Jury



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Meet the players . . .

Medea/Lindsey (Sophia Barrett).

Josh McLucas as Jason/Dan

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

Tutor/Aegeus/Messenger/Barry (Homer Robinson)

Director/Chorus/Holli (Hallie Martenson)