“And when I have ruined the whole of Jason’s house,
I shall leave the land and flee from the murder of my
dear children, and I shall have done a dreadful deed.
For it is not bearable to be mocked by enemies.
So it must happen. What profit have I in life?
I have no land, no home, no refuge from my pain.”
Annette Benning is currently giving a stellar performance in Euripides’ Medea at UCLA’s Freud Theater. This play, first produced in 431 B.C. (that’s a really long time ago), speaks with such clarity about the horrible mix of feelings a woman might experience after being betrayed by her husband. And oddly, everything she explains is completely relevant today. Even her husband Jason speaks in terms we can all relate to when he says (and I paraphrase), “When a woman is satisfied in bed everything is great in her world, but if she’s not happy in bed you can hand her the moon and she’ll throw it in your face.” Even the most heinous Ex scenarios don’t have to end in tragedy-you are the actor in your very own play. You can even turn your tragedy into a comedy, just by deciding to do so.