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From the late twentieth and into the early twenty-first century, productions of Greek tragedy have been comparatively frequent; many of them use tragedy as a way to think through contemporary problems from a politically progressive point of view. In this essay, I look at Rhodessa Jones’ Medea Project as one example of these political uses of tragedy. Jones works with incarcerated women in the San Francisco jails; her workshops culminate in public performances at theatrical venues in the city. The essay asks whether and how theater can be politically effective.