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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 fantastical creatures and 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. As the goddesses Athena and Hera narrate (and participate in) the tale, we come to recognize the deep humanity of the characters in their desires and struggles. However certain they are to end in grief, our constant quests for love and the realization of our dreams make us who we are. Zimmerman brings to "Argonautika" her trademark ability to encompass the full range of human experience in a work as entertaining as it is instructive.
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Mary Zimmerman's credits as an adapter and a director include Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, Journey to the West (all published by Northwestern) and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. Her work has been produced at the Lookingglass Theatre and Goodman Theatre of Chicago; on Broadway at Circle in the Square; in New York at Second Stage, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Manhattan Theatre Club; and at many other major regional theaters around the country and abroad. She has also directed at the Metropolitan Opera. Zimmerman is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and won a Tony Award for her direction of Metamorphoses. She is a professor of performance studies at Northwestern University, USA>

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"A thoroughly engaging version of a timelessly entertaining myth as told by a theatrical imagination of mythic propor-tions."--San Francisco Chronicle "With her trademark focus on the wisdom of mythology, auteur director Mary Zimmerman adapts the sprawling jour-ney of Jason and the Argonauts into a spare, lucid, elegant show."--Variety "Smart, fresh, endlessly imaginative and thoroughly enjoy-able."--Chicago Tribune A thoroughly engaging version of a timelessly entertaining myth as told by a theatrical imagination of mythic proportions. San Francisco Chronicle" With her trademark focus on the wisdom of mythology, auteur director Mary Zimmerman adapts the sprawling journey of Jason and the Argonauts into a spare, lucid, elegant show. Variety" Smart, fresh, endlessly imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable. Chicago Tribune" Smart, fresh, endlessly imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable. Chicago Tribune" With her trademark focus on the wisdom of mythology, auteur director Mary Zimmerman adapts the sprawling journey of Jason and the Argonauts into a spare, lucid, elegant show. Variety" A thoroughly engaging version of a timelessly entertaining myth as told by a theatrical imagination of mythic proportions. San Francisco Chronicle" "Smart, fresh, endlessly imaginative and thoroughly enjoy-able."--Chicago Tribune "With her trademark focus on the wisdom of mythology, auteur director Mary Zimmerman adapts the sprawling jour-ney of Jason and the Argonauts into a spare, lucid, elegant show."--Variety "A thoroughly engaging version of a timelessly entertaining myth as told by a theatrical imagination of mythic propor-tions."--San Francisco Chronicle

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