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After establishing herself as a star of the silver screen, Annette Bening has returned to her roots as a stage actor with a modern interpretation of Euripides' classical Greek play, "Medea."
The story is an old one: in age, nearly 2,500 years; and in plot, a scorned wife who seeks revenge after her husband leaves her for another woman.
ANNETTE BENING, actress:
He was everything to me, and now he's the vilest man alive, my husband.
But Euripides' "Medea" takes revenge to a shocking extreme, killing her two children, and the role remains one of theater's most challenging.
Forget you loved them. For one short day, forget, then weep.
Appearing in a new production at UCLA Live in Los Angeles, Annette Bening says the key is connecting to shared human emotions.
I think most of us have felt a germ of what the great roles have. Most of us have. I think most of us have fallen in love. I think most of us have felt betrayed. Most of us have betrayed someone.
The production came about when Bening met Croatian theater director Lenka Udovicki at a dinner party. The two women, both working moms, hit it off im mediately.
We started to talk, and then we just couldn't stop talking, basically.
But you weren't talking about "Medea"? You were talking about doing something?
LENKA UDOVICKI, director:
Well, we were talking about everything else, but…
But — our families, our children. I have four children; she has three children. I have one husband; she has one husband.
That Annette Bening has a husband, Warren Beatty, is, of course, known to all. She's a leading Hollywood celebrity and an acclaimed film actress…
You are seeing it.
… first getting attention in early movies like "The Grifters," later nominated for Academy Awards for performances in "American Beauty"…
Your father seems to think this kind of behavior is something to be proud of.
… and "Being Julia."
Perhaps we should punish you.
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