The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
Available on from Next Stage Press

The Ithaca Ladies
Read Medea

A full length drama for 6f, 1m
In 1953, after interrogation by the House Un-American Activities Committee, four faculty wives meet for their monthly play reading knowing one of them betrayed the others.

Runtime: 75 minutes

Period: 1953

Setting: A living room
Characters: (6f, 1m)
ADELAIDE HOUGHTON 40-50's. Uses a wheelchair.
ELSIE BISHOP 60's+ (70's?)

The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
Mary-Margaret Lewis as Elsie.
Photo by Alex Moy

About The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea

Drama, Full length, 6f, 1m

(A new One Act version for 6f is available.)

The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
September 2016 premiere of The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea
L to R: Kathryn Farren, Marti Hale, Kristin Carey, Tara Donovan, Shirley Hatton, Mary-Margaret Lewis.
Directed by Danielle Ozymandias at Little Fish Theatre, Los Angeles. Photo by Alex Moy.

The year is 1953, and the House Un-American Activities Committee is at its peak, fomenting suspicion and distrust, nowhere more so than in the insular world of academia.
In the university town of Ithaca, four faculty wives, shackled by the societal constraints of the fifties, defined and confined by their husbands' careers and politics, meet for their monthly play reading - knowing that one of them has betrayed the others to save her husband’s position.
This is the evening they have chosen to read Euripides’ Medea - and as they delve into the classic Greek tragedy, their own stories unfold, their secrets and betrayals are brought to light, and their friendships are tested, shattered and renewed.

The play premiered in Los Angeles at the Little Fish Theatre in 2016, garnering some rave revies.

One Act version.

I recently rewrote the play as a 36 minute, UIL safe one act version for 6f. I am reaching out to drama teachers and others looking for an all-female short play, and once I've had a chance to see it up on its feet, I'll submit it to Next Stage Press (who publish the full length) as an official alternate version. If you are a drama teacher - probably best at High School or College level - looking for a one act play, please contact me!


Little Fish Theatre

Little Fish Theatre

Kristen Carey
Kristen Carey as Alison Dunham, James Rice as Senator Mundt.
Photo by Alex Moy

Sample Dialogue...

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