The Greek hero Jason may be remembered for capturing the mythical golden fleece of the gods, but he sure was a lout in his personal life, at least according to Euripides. The ancient playwright's Medea
tells the sad story of life after fame, as Jason encounters marital difficulties with Medea, the seer who helped him slay the dragon and is now the mother of his two sons. Jason has a chance to wed King Creon's daughter, Glauce, and he doesn't think Medea will mind being retained as a mistress. Medea is not as happy about Jason's great fortune as he is. Vengeance is her chosen course of action, and she pursues it with the pitiless fury of a woman scorned. American poet Robinson Jeffers translated the play in 1947, and his version retains its raw power to shock and transfigure. The Saint Louis University Theatre Department presents Jeffers' version of Medea
at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (April 25 through May 3) at Saint Louis University's Xavier Hall (3733 West Pine Mall; www.slu.edu/theatre
). There is a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, May 4. Tickets are $7 to $10.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 4, 2 p.m. Starts: April 25. Continues through May 3, 2014