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Argonautika Sails into Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
Ashley Taube

Bulls. Battles. Blankets of golden fleece? This year’s spring play promises the best of what Blair has to offer in the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre for three nights of Argonautika. In Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman’s modern depiction of a timeless Greek myth, the audience ventures on a mythical journey through time alongside Jason—played by Julian Perello ’24—on his quest for the Golden Fleece. Featuring an electric cast riddled with excellent chemistry, you won’t want to miss the outdoor performances May 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s the first story ever told,” said Julia Twomey ’24, who plays Athena, during a break in rehearsals in the Black Box Theatre. Assigned a leading role, all cast members also play a few other supporting characters in the story at different times.

“No one is background,” Stella Baceda ’25 explained. “Everyone has a part and everyone is interacting with one another to make it a truly engaging show.”

The dynamic cast is eager to share this exciting production they have been working on all semester with the Blair community. It’s an impossible feat—much like the quest Jason and the Argonauts embark on—to reach a verdict on what the cast loves most about the monstrous voyage. It could be the mythical creatures, or perhaps the murder, but you can’t forget about the unapologetically catchy songs and strong monologues, too.

One element the cast can definitely agree on: the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece was one they had never heard or seen before. Unlike the winter musical classic Footloose, which had them filling the shoes of Kevin Bacon, they had no muse to follow, allowing their creativity and personalities to help shape the characters they embodied. The experience has been rewarding.

“We had no preconceived notions going into this play, so it was up to us to define the roles,” Micheal Lynch ’26 explained. As Hylas, Michael is excited for his first performance in the outdoor theatre.

“We’re really doing a lot with a little to create this world,” student director Cat Zhang ’26 added, as the cast pulled benches and sticks from stage left to create a makeshift ship. “The props are spectacular.”

As rehearsals resumed, Cat looked up from her computer as Jimmy Gibbons ’26 delivered a monologue that left the chaotic theatre hushed. “That gave me the chills!” Cat exclaimed, before getting back to work.

It’s a mesmerizing performance that will leave the audience delighted. Join the Players for Argonautika in the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre May 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.
 

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