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Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts

Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts

Mary Zimmerman

ISBN: 9780810126060

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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 illus-trate the essence of all such journeys to follow--their un-predictability, 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.

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman is the recipient of a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play and numerous Jeff Awards (including Best Production and Best Direction). She is an Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, a member of Lookingglass Theatre Company and a Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Works which Ms. Zimmerman has adapted and directed ... view full profile

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