A Clean New Look for a Classic Tragedy!

Written by Meghan Harris   // October 12, 2012   // 1 Comment


Medea is coming! The Catonsville campus will be hosting this classic production during the second week of November. General admission is $8; however, students, seniors and kids are all $5. There are mid-day and evening shows suitable for everyone.

For those who have never heard about Medea, it is an ancient Greek play by Euripides. Medea, the main character, is left by her husband. He plans to remarry another woman and adopt her family, but of course there is a tragic twist.

Even though most of you probably think of Tyler Perry’s Medea when you hear the name, this is not the case. However, there is one modern spin on this awesome show! Everything is green.  The CCBC Performing Arts Department is trying to form a link between the play and CCBC’s Community Book Connection selection, No Impact Man by Colin Beavan.

The Director of Performing Arts, Anne Lefter, was able to tell us a little bit more about the low impact show. “In cooperation with the Community Book Connection book No Impact Man by Colin Beavan, the Theatre program has chosen to produce this play with the smallest possible impact.  That has meant a lot of things.  Every single thing connected with the show must have had a life before – it has to be reused, recycled or repurposed in some way.  That includes the entire set, all props, and costumes.”

Even the advertisements for the show will try to be as “green” as possible. All advertising will be done in a way that creates less waste, which means utilizing electronic sourcing such as Facebook and the Connection!

Green seems to be the way to go in today’s modern world, but what do other students think about this?  Lindsay Blackmon, a political science major said, “I think it’s cool but I would be skeptical on how low impact it is because they are still using electricity and stuff. But, I think it’s nice that people are starting to change the way they think and how much we use. Most people don’t think about what they left over play bills and old props will look like in a landfill.”

Tyler Simmons, another student at CCBC who is very familiar with theatrical productions, thinks it is awesome. He goes on to say that in high school his school recycled props from their version of Hairspray into another play later in the year called Urinetown.

Even though some students are skeptical, this production seems to be cutting edge. As well as being “low impact” Medea is also being documented through video. After the show each night, they will be screening a video of their experiences. You will get to see everything that is being recycled and reused! For more information about the upcoming production visit the CCBC Facebook page.

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