The Clark University Player’s Society’s (CUPS) rendition of Argonautika was a tale of adventurers, narrated by the goddess Athena in a powerful deep voice. The humorous personality of the goddess came out, as she mocked Aphrodite in a satirical voice. The play is designed to be something like a funny version of the Odyssey.
The plot shows the fickle interests of the Gods, and the fragile stories of the humans affected by them. Athena joins by the goddess Hera, the more mischievous of the two, who gets her hands dirty and tricks the humans with manipulations.
The interesting lighting and perspectives allowed smooth transitions from the human world to the world of gods.
Along with these effective visuals, the costumes of the actors were creative and attractive, including renditions of bulls, dragons, and gods. The set is a large ship, with ropes coming down from the ceiling as rigs.
Hercules, played by Samson Martin (‘18), stole the first half of the show. He played a man who was inseparable from his partner. Martin overexaggerated Hercules as an airhead, which leads to hilarious claims of strength and size. Hercules’ story left the audience disheartened when he lost his life in the quest to find his partner Hylas, played by Harris Eidelman (‘19), who plays this role admirably. The old King Pelias, played by Tim Jones (‘19), used his height to stay hunched over, and spoke in a crackling, croaking, voice. He fit into this role of a king in his old age very well.
Bob Waters (‘17) plays the role of a supposed immortal child of god who has a piece of wood lit on fire in his chest called Meleager. This character is creepy and determined, and the weirdness shines well in the role.
Another powerful performance came from Amelia Mohr (‘17), who plays Medea, a sorceress and the daughter of King Aeetes. Medea struggles to decide whether to stand by her father, or to help her new lover, Jason, obtain the Golden Fleece. Her predicament is symbolized by the bloody arrow that remains in her heart throughout the play. There is a surprising intensity and sadness to her role that are not expected when you first meet this character.
The play will be shown on Dec. 9 and 10 at 7:30p.m. in The Little Center.