OK guys, wondering what we’re looking for? Here are all of the available roles…
JASON: The hero and main protagonist of the story. Leads the Argonauts on their epic journey, falls in love with Medea and then leaves her. Needs to be strong, charismatic and multi-faceted. Throughout the play, Jason is a warrior, lover, leader, and mastermind. He is, in turn, benevolent and selfish. In our production, the role will be physically demanding while also emotionally and mentally complex. This actor must be physically confident, athletic, and emotionally vulnerable.
ARGONAUTS WHO JOIN JASON ON THE VOYAGE:
IDMON: A prophet. Although he is blind, he sees the future. One of the more respected members of the Argonauts, he is the brains behind much of the operation.
HERCULES: A boastful, loud and ignorant warrior. He is the largest and most feared of the Argonauts, but ends up leaving them after his best friend dies. He saves Andromeda, kills the giant sea monster, and rides off on his snow-white horses after Hylas disappears. This actor needs to have a very large and imposing physicality.
HYLAS: Hercules’ arms-bearer and best friend. They have a very close relationship. He ends up getting lured into the water by Dryope and disappearing forever.
POLLUX: Zeus’ son and Castor’s twin brother. He has the ability to fly and is a bit arrogant and hot-headed. Due to his cockiness, he decides to take on the giant Amycus in a boxing match that he will most likely not win.
CASTOR: Zeus’ son and Pollux’s twin brother. He has the ability to fly. He survives the entire voyage all the way until the end. The actors playing Castor and Pollux should be very similar in physicality and look.
MELEAGER: An excited warrior who joins the Argonauts. He travels side-by-side with his uncle, but when the stress of the journey gets too much for him, he ends up murdering his uncle. He is confident that he is indestructible because of a prophecy given when he was born.
UNCLE: Meleager’s uncle. A slightly more mature but still involved presence on the Argo. He usually sticks with Meleager, until they get in a squabble towards the end when Meleager murders him.
TIPHYS: The pilot of the Argo. He studies stars and guides the ship for most of the journey. He dies close to the end. A strong and humble moral leader of the group.
DYMAS: Joins the Argonauts after barely escaping Amycus the boxer. Since his former companions were killed by Amycus, he takes up with the Argonauts after warning them in a blind panic and remains with them for the rest of the voyage.
PELIAS’ SON: A young boy who gets tricked into joining the Argonauts so that the king will not destroy them. At the beginning, he is just a fun-loving boy, but over the course of the voyage, he becomes a man. This all must be done physically as he does not have any lines after the first couple of scenes when he joins the Argo.
POLYPHEMUS: The Argonaut who breaks the news to Hercules about Hylas’ death.
ATALANTA: A competitive athlete who is a fast runner. That’s about it.
OTHER MALE SPEAKING ROLES WHO ARE NOT ARGONAUTS:
These characters play significant roles in one or two scenes. Many of these actors will then also play Argonauts in all of the other scenes.
KING PELIAS: The old and decrepit king. He is so terrified that his nephew, Jason will overtake his throne, that he comes up with the cunning plan to send him on the voyage hoping that it will kill him. He is very devious and crafty. Once Jason leaves with his son, Pelias sends his servants to kill Jason’s parents.
ASTERION: One of King Pelias’ servants. He does the King’s dirty work for him and basically becomes a henchman who assists Pelias in his evil schemes and murders.
STYRUS: Medea’s fiancé who, after discovering that Jason has taken her on his ship, joins with Apsyrtos in leading an army against them. He is a furious and impassioned warrior.
APSYRTOS: Medea’s brother who leads the charge against Jason after he steals Medea. He fights in a blind rage in defense of his sister, which leads to his death.
AESON: Jason’s father. He and his wife decide to kill themselves and die together after they are warned that Pelias is coming to murder them. They are characterized as good people who have no reason to doubt that they will live in paradise forever.
BOREAS: God of the winds. Easily offended. He tries to drown the Argo because he is afraid that Jason and his crew will try to entrap him. He throws a fit and starts a storm that can only be stopped by Athena. Must be a large presence.
AMYCUS: A giant. He challenges anyone who arrives on his island to a boxing match in which he tears their heads off. He’s ruthless and terrifying. This actor needs to be huge. Or maybe we’ll have two people play it…or something.
PHINEUS: A prophet who was cursed by the gods to remain alive forever. However, every time he tries to eat, he is set upon by harpies who steal his food, therefore leaving him hungry but never dying. This is the torture he must live in forever. He is very old and withered by the time the Argonauts discover him and help him die peacefully. He gives Jason the prophecy that leads him to Medea.
EROS: Aphrodite’s mischievous little son. Cupid. He loves making people miserable by having them fall in love. He is kind of a cackling and annoying little kid. This actor probably needs to be comfortable flying around the auditorium in a diaper. So uh, there’s that.
We will be creating a large and varied company of men to play the Argonauts throughout the production. Most of the men cast in the show will play Argonauts. We need a wide variety of physical types and personalities to create this famous band of men. All must be strong, physically comfortable in their bodies, and ready to create distinct characterizations, as well as engage in all of the physical theatre creations that will be developed by Frantic Assembly.
Some men may be asked to play other ensemble roles as well.