Program: The Medea Complex, New Works Reading Series

The Medea Complex

a sapling growing through barbwire, and the title "New Works"

Content Warning

Descriptions of Pedophilia and Infidelity

Depictions of:

  • Strong Adult Language
  • Violence
  • Murder
  • Sex
A person wearing a backpack sits on a log over a lushly forested river, looking up the river

I want to acknowledge that this virtual gathering and celebration is being produced by this Western Washington University on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls me to commit to continuing to learn how to be a better steward of the land I inhabit as well.

It is important to acknowledge the long-standing history that has brought us all to reside on the land, and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.

I would also like to recognize all the people who have built, created, and died in the process of this society being what it is today. The diasporic actions of the Euro colonizers have created damaging ripples in those communities that still require action to be taken.

Here in Bellingham Washington we recognize the Lummi, Semiahmoo and Nooksack tribes and their neighboring stewards the Samish, Stilliguamish, Sauk-Suiattle and Swinomish tribes.

Playwright's Note

Over the last five years, the perception of the Immigrant has become the intense focus of our nation.   Are we a nation of Immigrants?  Is it acceptable to be a nation of Immigrants now that we have planted our generational seeds and created the “American”?  What type of Immigrant is acceptable?  Does it matter at this rocky juncture in the Republic whether we appreciate our cultural differences, or not?

Medéa is an Immigrant, but she is so much more than that.  Which is the point of my rant.  The refusal of so many to remove the blindfolds and see people beyond the color of their skin or the gender they were born to or have chosen.   To see beyond their accents, or their religious or non-religious choices.  To peel back the skin.  Get to the juicy stuff.  To appreciate human beings for what they do have in common with us, rather than hate them for what they don’t, is a more awakening effort than to trek down this path of hate and suspicion.

Medéa didn’t enter the world as an Immigrant.  She arrived in a more magical, more fantastical place, intertwining Greek Mythology with Mexican Urban Legend.   We joined in 2006, a confined, dusty room in the basement of the Theatre department at UNM.  The assignment was to adapt a Greek play. My fascination and childhood memories of La Llorona, the Crying Woman, and the story of Medea and Jason were too analogous to ignore. Creating the play was a cathartic exercise, but a treacherous journey.  I was pregnant when I started and a new mother when all was said and done.  I felt accomplished.  Brave.  I had confronted candid issues with Medéa and emerged intact.  But I was naïve to think that I would write the play, produce it, enjoy it, and put it away for safe keeping, chalking it off as another story in my repertoire which edifies the issues that absorb me.

Medéa cannot be put away.  She has always reemerged throughout the years.  Her journey continues to evolve.  With each new theatre, with each new director and cast, with each rewrite, Medéa has a new obstacle to face.  A new fear to conquer.  A new path to forge.  I am honored to take this path with WWU’s amazing cast and crew.  I am equally honored to work with Diego Alvarez Robledo, who has allowed me to see through the cracks in the lines on the page, and has made this play, along with his cast and crew, even more formidable than before.  I am privileged to be included in WWU’s New Works Series, which has opened a new door in the theatre community, for which I am forever grateful.

In the wake of a pandemic, quarantines, and theatres shut down for an indefinite amount of time, we have found a way to continue the community that is theatre.  It is not the black box-converted to another world, where the power of words and movement collide, but it is storytelling.  Storytelling that reaches back in time, where the words are the most powerful part of the spectacle.  As the adage says, “The show must go on.”  And it will.

I hope you enjoy this unique and provocative production of The Medéa Complex as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.  And, if all goes well, see you on the flipside.



Amy Beltrán


Tessa Hoyos


Jay Chavez


Victor Parra


Diego Santana


Chauncey Drummond


Diego Alvárez Robledo

Valeria Fabbri

Production Team


Patricia Crespin


Diego Alvárez Robledo

Assistant Director

Daniel Hanlon


Sophia Tuell

Livestream/Videography Consultant

Miriam Romero

Stage Manager

Melanie Ashby

Production Stage Manager and Virtual Technical Director

Clara King

Production Manager

Savannah LeCornu

Company Managers

Mark Kuntz, Kamarie Chapman

Sound and Props Design

Jack Harbick