Professors Collaborate on Translation and Performance of ‘Medea’

rayor_medea_schulerProfessors Karen Libman, School of Communications and Diane Rayor, from the Classics Department hosted a book event at Schuler Books of Alpine on August 29. Rayor developed Euripides’ Medea: A New Translation during her 2011-12 sabbatical. The event included a reading of one scene performed by Sherryl Despres and Todd Lewis.

Published by the Cambridge University Press, Rayor’s translation differs from all other translations of Medea. Both highly accurate and playable, it can be read or used as a script for staging. Also included in the publication is an essay by Libman, who directed a local performance of the play.

The translation was produced by the Heritage Theatre Group and performed July 12-14 and 19-21, 2013 at Spectrum Theatre in Grand Rapids. Medea was made possible by a grant from the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence through the Interdisciplinary Research Initiative.

Debora Boedker of Brown University calls it “an excellent choice for the classroom or any reader who wants to see why Medea is a masterpiece.”

Medea is the story of a princess who sacrifices everything for a man, only to be betrayed. This Greek tragedy tells the story of a woman’s revenge in a man’s world. More information is available here.