Medea Screens at Downing on Oct. 6 and 8

Part of National Theatre Live series

The Downing Film Center presents broadcasts from the National Theatre Live program originating from London and other areas of the world. National Theatre Live began in 2009 with a production of Phedre, seen by a worldwide audience of more than 50,000. Now, the series that broadcasts current plays at London’s National Theatre to movie theaters has reached over one million viewers.

Euripides’ powerful tragedy "Medea"

Euripides’ powerful tragedy ”Medea”

National Theater Live’s first feature that the Downing Film Center will screen is Medea by Euripides — in a new version by Ben Power. Helen McCrory takes the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and bore two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Medea will be screened on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: general admission $12 and members $10, purchased at the box office or in advance at downingfilmcenter.com. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open one-half hour before show time.

The Downing Film Center is located at 19 Front St., Newburgh. Call 845-561-3686 or email [email protected]

Photo courtesy Downing Film Center

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