Directors Stephen Atkins and Tora Hylands tell us why we should see


Written by: Euripides

Directed by: Stephen Atkins

Assistant Directed by: Tora Hylands

Presented by: Capilano University Theatre (link)

In the classic Euripides text, Medea assists Jason to obtain the Golden Fleece, at the peril of her own family. He marries her, and they settle in Corinth, far from her home of Athens. Jason, however, takes another bride, and Medea is banished. She quickly comes up with a plan for revenge, and by the end, the new bride, her father, and Medea’s children are dead—all by her own hand.

“Even thought it was written nearly 2,500 years ago, Medea still ignites the modern mind, playing on the similarities/differences between the male and female psyches and the enactment of justice,” says director Stephen Atkins, who also works with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre out of Brisbane. “The performance will push boundaries. Sculpture, energetic physical theatre and filmed components by Oscar Almengor and James McKay will be combined with musical influences ranging from Arvo Pärt to Nine Inch Nails.”

A collaboration between several departments of the newly formed Fine and Applied Arts Faculty of Capilano University, Medea is Directed by Atkins, and Assistant-Directed by Tora Hylands (Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre-Brisbane, The Danger Ensemble – Melbourne).

Medea opens Tuesday, February 2 at 8 pm, and runs nightly until February 7.

Matinees on February 6 and 7 at 2 pm.

Performing Arts Theatre of Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver (in the Birch Building).

Medea is designated as an ‘onstage’ show, which means that tickets are limited to 50 per performance. Tickets are $10-12, and are available by calling 604.990.7810 or emailing


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