I want to share an exciting competition with you all -- Playing Medea, a student theatrical competition organized by Out of Chaos Theatre and supported by the Society for Classical Studies and the Center for Hellenic Studies. The contest is open to high school and college students in the US and Canada (there will be separate competitions in assorted other countries) and there is a $400 prize for first place, and two $200 prizes for second place. We’re using the fabulous translation by Diane Rayor of Grand Valley State University, and you can choose from a selection of scenes, all of which are available here.
Here’s how it works: You record a scene from Medea and submit it to us by 23rd October 2020. Our prestigious panel of judges (including representatives from the British American Drama Academy) will watch all submissions and then announce the winners during the Reading Greek Tragedy Online episode on Medea on 11th November 2020. The winners will receive $400, with two second place prizes of $200 each.
We welcome entries which are recorded entirely on zoom, or recordings of groups who are able to share the same space. University or high school groups can enter multiple times, but each actor can appear in only one submission.
Our website also includes a dramaturgy pack (thanks to Emma Pauly for putting it together) which includes information about the play, its characters, and its production history. There is also a wonderful Medea ebook created by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.
We also put together a short video teaser that might be useful for sharing with your students: https://youtu.be/
If you have any questions, you can reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can contact outofchaosplays@gmail.
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