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Automatic Arts

Event Times:

May 4th – May 19th 2019






Is Medea funny? Are actors tragic?

Set during a company’s final run-through of the ancient tragedy, PURE MEDEA follows contemporary actors as they create their own interpretations of Euripides’ play of marital discord, intertwining the machinations of Medea’s revenge upon her husband with the smaller tragedies—and petty rivalries—of the performers’ personal and professional lives.

Performance dates/times:

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

*Postshow 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.


Translation of Medea by Sheila Murnaghan (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018). Performers: Sophia Barrett, Josh McLucas, Hallie Martenson, Lauren Suchenski, Homer Robinson. Costume design: Adrena Williams. Concept, additional text, and direction by Josh McIlvain.

Automatic Arts is a Philadelphia-based performing arts company that specializes in original productions, presentations, and championing live performance. Push button, art is served.