A Medea Like So Many Others by Lia Karavia

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    ACT ONE –  Scene One

      Outdoor space. Medea (40ish)is sitting on a bench in the middle of
      the stage; Jason (late 40s) is sitting on the ground at some distance
      from her.

      MEDEA – (Laughing). Strange name!

      JASON – Not strange in my country.

      MEDEA – Jay?

      JASON – Son.

      MEDEA – Son?

      JASON – Put them together. Jason.

      MEDEA – Jay–son. (She laughs). Strange, but nice. Musical.

      JASON – (Laughing). I never thought of my name as musical.

      MEDEA – Well, it is. Jay-son. The son of a bird, the jay.

      JASON – (Laughing). Jays are not musical! They screech and squawk.

      MEDEA – Not always.

      JASON – (Smiling). I suppose males sing when they court females.

      MEDEA – I guess they do, to lure them. Then, females go very quiet,
      not to give away their nests when they hatch eggs and have babies.

      JASON – Motherly instinct. (Long silence). What about you?

      MEDEA – (Surprised). What? What about me?

      JASON – No motherly feelings?

      MEDEA – I don’t know. All I know is daughterly feelings. My aging
      father depends on my care. He has needed me for long years, after my
      mother died. I know it is my duty to stand by him. It is also my
      desire.

      JASON – Till when?

      MEDEA – (Very serious). Till the end.

      JASON – You may be fifty by that time.

      MEDEA – (Gloomy). So?

      JASON – No time for motherly feelings then.

      MEDEA – Never mind.

      JASON – But I do! You are a beautiful woman…

      MEDEA – No!

      JASON – More than that. You are a beautiful creature.

      MEDEA – With wrinkles.

      JASON – Beauty cannot be marred by some lines on the face.

      MEDEA – (Obstinately). Wrinkles!

      JASON – (Ignoring that). Your foremost duty is to live your own
      life.

      MEDEA – Says who? (Jason stands up and approaches her).

      JASON – Says I. Where I come from, one’s foremost duty is…

      MEDEA – Different priorities where you come from. There, perhaps a
      daughter may leave a parent unaided in his old days.

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