by Jerry Collom
Relive childhood backyard adventures with the Montgomery County Community College Drama Club as they take theatergoers on a quest for glory with Jason and the Argonauts in conjunction with the 2011 Philly Fringe Festival. The September show will have the audience sailing the Argo and battling monsters as they seek the Golden Fleece.
The company-developed piece injects new life into the ancient greek myths. Students from the College researched the stories of the Argonauts and its heroes. Each company member chose a hero and learned as much of their history and lore as possible. They will interact directly with the audience members as fellow adventures, spinning tales and fighting battles along the way. The greek heroes were proud and arrogant, contesting among themselves for primacy as much as they battled their foes.
The audience will often need to choose sides, with each theatergoer having a unique experience.
The audience will meet at the Argo’s red banner at the Columbus Memorial on South Columbus Boulevard at Dock Street. There they will be enlisted and outfitted as Argonauts to begin the journey. From there they will proceed on foot through the waterfront and old city area to meet their challenges. Though this is a relatively family friendly adventure, it is fast paced and some of the stories are a bit racy and violent. The show may at times be frightening and unsuitable for children under ten.
Performances take place at 7:00 PM on September 2, 3 ,4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and 17. Tickets will be available at the Live Arts and Philly Fringe Box Office as well as online at www.livearts-fringe.org.