Adapted from THE VOYAGE OF JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
Posted on January 25, 2017 by Scot Allen
THE VOYAGE OF JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS
Written by Mary Zimmerman
(Gaius Valerius Flaccus, Apollonius Rhodius)
Translated by David R. Slavitt and Peter Green
Directed by John H.Y. Wat
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"As in her Tony Award-winning Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman transforms Greek mythology--here the story of Jason and the Argonauts--into a mesmerizing piece of theater. Encountering an array of daunting challenges in their "first voyage of the world," Jason and his crew illustrate the essence of all such journeys to follow--their unpredictability, their inspiring and overwhelming breadth of emotion, their lessons in the inevitability of failure and loss. Bursts of humor and fantastical creatures enrich a story whose characters reveal remarkable complexity. Medea is profoundly sympathetic even as the seeds are sown for the monstrous life ahead of her, and the brute strength of Hercules leaves him no less vulnerable to the vicissitudes of love. Zimmerman brings to Argonautika her trademark ability to encompass the full range of human experience in a work as entertaining as it is enlightening." -- Amazon