Argonauts, Gods, and Monsters, Oh My! Argonautika Character and Cast List

by dramaturg, Haley Flanders

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Are you ready to set sail with our Argonauts? They have been practicing and preparing in rehearsal.

Welcome back, future voyagers! To prepare to attend the show June 2-17 in the Pardoe Theater, here is a list of the show’s characters, placed in the following categories:

  • Argonauts
  • Gods, Goddesses, and Creatures
  • Other Characters

Brief descriptions have been provided. A character map will also be featured in the program. This will help you see how everyone fits together. Plus, the costume renderings below (provided by co-costume designers Hannah Cutler and Juliette Lewis) will help you recognize the characters on stage. Lastly, many actors in our 16-member cast play multiple characters in the show, so a cast list is provided at the bottom of the blog, which will also be in the program. Mary Zimmerman (and greek mythology) sure do love lots of people in their stories! Perhaps it makes it more epic and unforgettable. If you desire to do more research on Greek mythology, I recommend these sites:

THE ARGONAUTS

JasonJason

  • nephew to Pelias,
  • husband to Medea,
  • captain of the Argo
  • leader of the Argonauts

 

 

Pelias' Son

Pelias’s Son

  • cousin to Jason

 

 

 

 

IdmonIdmon 

  • physically blind
  • seer of visions in the future

 

 

 

 

TyphusTiphys

  • helmsman of the Argo

 

 

 

 

CastorPolloxCastor & Pollux: 

  • Sons to Zeus

 

 

 

 

 

Hercules

Hercules

  • Son of Zeus

 

 

 

 

HylasHylas

  • companion/arms bearer of Hercules

 

 

 

 

AtalantaAtalanta 

  • the only female argonaut
  • extremely fast

 

 

 

 

Zetes

Zetes

  • Son of Boreas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meleager

Meleager

  • son of Oenus (king of Calydon) and Althaea (who will briefly appear in the play)
  • cursed by the Fates to die when a particular log completely burns up
  • Althaea saved him…for now

 

 

Uncle

Uncle

  • uncle to Meleager

 

 

 

 

GODS, GODDESSES, AND CREATURES   

HeraHera

  • wife to Zeus

 

 

 

 

AthenaAthena

  • daughter to Zeus

 

 

 

 

BoreasBoreas

  • god of the North Wind
  • father to Zetes

 

 

 

 

AmycusAmycus

  • monstrous boxer
  • son of Poseidon

 

 

 

 

Aphrodite

 

Aphrodite 

  • goddess of Love
  • daughter of Zeus
  • mother to Eros

 

 

Eros

Eros

  • son of Aphrodite
  • makes people call in love with his bow and arrow

 

 

 

 

Goddess of the Desert

 

 

Goddesses of the Desert

 

 

 

DryopeDryope

  • nymph
  • seduces Hylas to join the rest of the nymphs

 

 

 

OTHER CHARACTERS

Pelias

 

King Pelias

  • king of Iolcos, usurped throne from Jason’s father Aeson
  • Brother to Aeson, uncle to Jason

 

 

 

Cepheus & AsterionCepheus and Asterion

  • King Pelias’s servants

 

 

 

 

Aeson & AlcimedeAeson

  • Jason’s father

Alcimedes

  • Jason’s mother

 

 

DymasDymas

  • traveler who joins the Argo during the voyage and helps Jason and the Argonauts prepare for feats along the way

 

 

 

 

PhineasPhineus

  • former king of Thrace
  • blind
  • tormented by the harpies
  • cursed to be prevented from ever eating

 

 

 

HarpiesHarpies

  • birdlike creatures that eat away at Phineus’s food, preventing him from eating

 

 

 

 

  AeetesKing Aeetes

  • king of Colchis
  • father to Medea and Apsyrtos

 

 

 

 

Medea

Medea

  • Aeetes’s Daughter
  • wife to Jason

 

 

 

 

 StyrusStyrus

  • Medea’s fiancé

 

 

 

 

 

Apsyrtos

Apsyrtos

  • Medea’s brother

 

 

 

 

AndromedaAndromeda

  • royalty, captured by Amycus the Boxer
  • Hercules and Hylas set her free

 

 

 

 

CAST LIST The information below shows how we have divvied up the roles between cast members. This will be in the program when you attend the show. For those who were cast as more than one character, why do you think the actor was given these specific roles? As you watch the show, ask yourself if any of the characters played by the same person have any similarities. Other than costumes, how do the creative actors choose to differentiate their many characters?

THE WOMEN

Christine Detweiler: Aphrodite, Meleager’s Mother, Goddess of the Desert 1

Courtney Dilmore: Atalanta
Hannah Staley: Hera, Alcimede, Phineus
Kiersten Zundel: Athena
Molly Howard: Dymas, Goddess of the Desert #2
Olivia Ockey: Medea, Pelias’s Son, Dyrope
Samm Madsen: Andromeda, Asterion, Fury

THE MEN

Jordan Peterson: Hylas, Aeete’s servant
BJ Warner: Castor, Pelias, Eros
Costner Henson: Idmon, Aeson
Devin Davis: Meleager, Boreas
Dylan Wright: Jason
Ezra Chia: Uncle, Ghost, Amycus
Ian Buckley: Tiphys, Apsyrtos
Tommy Kindall: Hercules, Aeetes
Tyler Scott “Scottie” Mitchell: Pollux, Cepheus, Styrus

 

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