Now & Then Creative Company, a new, non-profit theatre and film organization is kicking off its inaugural season with a contemporary interpretation of the Greek tragedy, Medea. The play will run from November 10-19 at the Metropolitan Arts Institute. Written by Euripides in 431 B.C., Medea is one of the most popular and gripping classics for modern audiences. Originally set in ancient Greece sometime after Jason’s famous journey with the Argonauts, Now & Then provides an updated concept and point of view for the production.
John Perovich and Allison Bauer founded Now & Then Creative Company in February 2017. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Perovich and Associate Artistic Director Cody Goulder, Now & Then focuses on the “now” – new play development and film production, while also producing the “then” – classic pieces that speak to the present. In residence at Metropolitan Arts Institute, the company creates high quality, thoughtful, and affordable productions that value artistic risks.
In Now & Then’s premier production, they present an updated concept and point of view for Medea. Director Gerald Thomson has set the play in the mid-90s outside of Martha’s Vineyard. The storyline focuses on Medea, a distraught, dishonored, American political-class mother at odds with her unfaithful husband and those surrounding him. Focused on self-preservation, Medea attempts to leverage her place in society to protect herself and her children from judgment. Accompanied by a female chorus of working professionals, the production consistently juxtaposes Medea – a wealthy woman who feels like she has no options – with level headed, firm voices of reason. Thomson’s production challenges the audience to question free will and the supposed inevitability of Medea’s path.
Medea will be presented November 10-11 and November 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. The play is intimately staged as theatre-in-the-round at Metropolitan Arts Institute. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting: nowandthencc.com.