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

Published: November 18, 2015

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

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Audiences were awed by the re-imagined tale of a young warrior sent on a dangerous expedition in “Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts,” performed by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance from November 10-15.  The play was written by award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman.

The play follows the story of the Greek epic poem “Argonautika,” in which Jason, a chosen leader, 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. The production was 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.”

Zimmerman 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.

For a list of upcoming Theatre and Dance events, go to http://cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/index.html.