Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 3-31-2022


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. James Al-Shamma

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Euripides’s Medea is a story about a woman’s heart being poisoned with pain and grief. Her pain demands to be felt and her grief demands to be heard. Over time, the grief sours from longing for her own death to longing for the death of others. Medea longs to ease the pain of her grief with an act of revenge. This grief is in response to her husband shattering the beautiful love they once shared. Consequently, he earns a cruel and devastating punishment—the brutal murder of his second wife, Glauce, her father, Creon, and his two children. In the process of Medea’s bitter conversion from suicidality to homicidality, there is a loss of innocence not only in her as a character, but in the life (or rather, death) of her children, Glauce, and Creon. My costume design concept for Medea explores the transfer of Medea’s anguish to these other characters, as well as Jason, over the course of the play. This is expressed through the increasingly elaborate nature of Medea’s costumes, which is contrasted with the deconstruction of the remaining characters’ costumes.