The myth of Medea and Jason tells the story of a supernatural love between two people which, due to human weakness, turns into terrifying hatred leading to nothing but desolation. The audience will witness the sacrifices that a great love can lead to, as well as the crimes that can arise out of unfulfilled expectations.
Medea was a sorceress, the daughter of Helios’ son Aeëtes and the Oceanid Idyia. The goddess Hecate is later mentioned as her mother. Jason was the son of Aeolus’ descendant Aeson who was overthrown by his brother Pelias. To prevent Jason from taking the throne back, Pelias sends him on an impossible mission, to return the fleece of the golden-woolled winged ram from Colchis to Iolcus.
Medea helped Jason in this impossible task after Eros awakened feelings in her heart she has never experienced before and that she could not resist. Since Jason, to everyone’s astonishment, managed to complete the tasks entrusted to him, he returned to claim his well-deserved reward.
The play does not depict all the events in the myth. The verses from Argonautica (the epic poem about the voyage of the Argonauts written by Apollonius Rhodius) and the verses of Euripides’ tragedy Medea were used for the text of the play.
NOVI SAD YOUTH THEATRE, NOVI SAD, REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
The Youth Theatre was founded in 1932 as The Puppet Theatre within the Novi Sad Sokol Society. It started operating under the name Vojvodina Puppet Theatre immediately following World War II. It later changed its name to City Puppet Theatre and then the Puppet Theatre. In 1968, the theatre was given its present name. The Evening Stage, later the Drama Stage, started operating in 1991. Since then, the Youth Theatre has been divided into two stages: the Children’s Stage and the Drama Stage. The plays are performed in the Great Hall and the Small Hall. In over nine decades of existence, more than 300 new premieres were held, more than 20 000 shows were performed, and almost three million people attended them. For its work, the Youth Theatre received numerous awards both at home, in Vojvodina and the entire Republic, and at international festivals and competitions.