Ancient Greek Tragedy Takes Center Stage in Black Box Theatre

The secondary drama department at Tashkent International School continues to raise the bar!

This year high school students at TIS have tackled an extremely challenging text for the autumn production. Medea is a play from Ancient Greece, written by Euripides and first performed around 431 BC. Twenty-five students from grades 9 through 12 have been working since September to bring the text to life over the 10 week rehearsal period. The production will be debuted at TIS on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets for Saturday’s performance are available in the school office; tickets for Friday’s show are no longer available.

The play is epic in its content and examines the universal and timeless themes of passion, revenge and desperation. It follows the story of Medea as she seeks the ultimate revenge upon her husband, Jason, by whom she has been wronged.

The production will be performed in the Black Box Theatre where the space has been transformed into a painted spiraling vortex which engulfs a multi-level performance space and the theatre floor. Many of the cast are onstage for the whole play as the chorus, an established convention from the theatre of Ancient Greece. They are all masked, as they would have been when the play was first performed, in creations designed by visual art teachers Rick Kennedy and Ronald Kleijer.

Students outside of rehearsals have also been heavily involved; the grade 10 music curriculum has enabled students to write an original score and the grade 10 design students have created powerful images which are displayed around school as promotional posters.

The play runs for two nights on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30. Tickets for Saturday’s performance are available in the school office daily from 8 to 8:30 a.m., 10:50 to 11:10 a.m. and 3 to 3:40 p.m.

The play is recommended for young adults and adults only. The language, action and thematic content are not suitable for young children.


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