Island University Presents ‘Argonautika’ Written by Award-winning Playwright Mary Zimmerman

Published: October 30, 2015

Island University Presents ‘Argonautika’ Written by Award-winning Playwright Mary Zimmerman

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman’s re-imagined tale of a young warrior sent on an dangerous expedition, “Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts,” will be performed by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance.

The production will run from Tuesday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Warren Theatre, located in the Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.

The production will be directed by Kelly Russell, Associate Professor of Theatre.

“When you mention the story of Jason and the Argonauts, most people immediately think of the 1963 film,” said Russell. “Mary Zimmerman’s play keeps the adventurous spirit of the movie, but includes more humor, along with moments of loss and sadness.”

The Greek epic poem “Argonautika” follows Jason, a chosen leader, as he confronts giants, kings, sirens, nymphs, sea monsters, and a heartsick sorceress all on his ancient quest for the Golden Fleece, a gold hair winged ram symbolizing leadership and kingship, with the help of the King Pelias’ daughter, Medea.

Zimmerman has re-imagined the story, an epic journey of love and loss, vanity and honor, and danger and adventure, to show the audience, that love is the poison of all mankind – yet is also all we know of heaven on this earth.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for non A&M-Corpus Christi students, and $5 for TAMU-CC students with a valid SandDollar$ ID at the door (cash only). For more information or to purchase tickets, go to