A modern translation of the famous Greek tragedy, Medea will be presented in the FJC Campus Theatre starting Friday, Oct. 27. Staged by the FJC Drama department, this modern version by Robinson Jeffers is scheduled for five performances; Oct. 27, and 28, and the following Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 performances will be 8 p.m. In evaluating Robinson Jeffers' translation of Medea, a New York critic said, "He has retained the legend and characters; and does not waste time invoking the Greek gods who were more numerous than influential in the dispensation of justice."
Merle Peterson, Fullerton, plays the lead role of Medea, the princess and sorceress who aided Jason in obtaining the Golden Fleece and later became his wife. Cast as Jason, the self-seeking, self-deluding male who was willing to accept the results of any crime committed on his behalf by his wife, is John Lang of La Habra. Others featured in the performance are: David Rowland of Fullerton as Creon, monarch of Corinth, Kimberley Irvine of Buena Park plays the nurse who cared for Medea; Philip Dwyer from Arcadia is the tutor; Glenn Wanke, Whittier plays Aegeus; and Mike Cabler of Anaheim is the slave. Other cast members are Helen Moss and Peggy Tramel of Anaheim; Barbara Perlini, Lina Schoner, Jan Levin, Tom Paul, Karen Hopkins and Ambra King from Fullerton; Dave Thompson and Beckie Villalvazo of Buena Park; Teri Ralph of La Habra; and Phyllis Alongi from Orange.
Directing for the Drama Department is George L. Stoughton, instructor. Assisting him are Bill Howard and Gloria Bartholomew. Instructor, Todd Glenn, is production designer and technical director. According to George D. Archambeault lead instructor in the Drama Department, seats are on sale at $1.50 for adults and 75 cents for students, and will be reserved for all performances. For ticket reservations call 871-8000, ext. 77, or 871-8007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets will also be available before each performance at the box office. Arrangements can also be made for special group rates.