July 15, 2009

Seana McKenna Talks Greek

The Stratford Festival has just published its SceneNotes for July, including a too-short interview titled Up Close and Personal with Seana McKenna:

Q: Phèdre is your third Greek heroine in a year, after Andromache in The Trojan Women and Medea. They seem to have something in common that appeals to you.

A: A young actor came backstage after The Trojan Women and said, “I love it – they’re so Greek!” Meaning the emotion is out there: it’s deeply felt and then released. There’s no holding back. Now Racine is different, because he wrote in the 17th century from a French Catholic viewpoint. There’s great repression in Phèdre – but the passions she’s repressing are enough to split the corset....

Read the whole interview here.

Posted by Alison Humphrey at July 15, 2009 11:19 AM