1) consequences of bad decisions; returning sovereignty to the people
2) personal sovereignty
- being your own scapegoat
- what is the legitimate source of your own power?
3) impossibility of returning home
4) Hunger --> Sowing --> Starving --> Slaughter --> Atonement
- equates imagistically to Harpies --> Bulls --> Soldiers --> Body Parts --> Sacrifice
- Hunger/Desperation turning to violence
5) Seeking Redemption for harm we have done ourselves
6) Medea's Transformation from innocent to monster
We agree that all the above themes tie together, though some of us have preference for different emphases. Little talk about no.s 5 & 6.
SCENE SPECIFICS AS THEY CURRENTLY STAND:
PRE-SHOW - Deep History
Why the Golden Fleece is Important.
Why the Dragon and its teeth are important.
Illuminated maps of islands
Hecate, goddess of crossroads, with dogs and ghosts
End of Trail: tests to enter the seating area - audience identified as Argonauts
SCENE 1 - Boat Sets Sail
Boat erected around audience.
Audience taught how to row the boat.
Gods as Politicians.
SCENE 2 - Ram + Dragon
Tree/Dragon and Fleece
SCENE 3 - Fire Bulls Sow Soldiers
Chorus that is like water transitions the scene.
Sowing of the Seeds
Raising up of Soldiers
Fight of Soldiers
SCENE 4 - the Wake
Medea and Jason kill Absyrtus and throw bodies into the wake of their ship.
(In our wake, we create destruction -- the body parts float up in the wake of us.)
Then, a Wake, and the naming of the Dead.
SCENE 5 - the Ram Sacrifice
Ram sacrifices himself.
Jason and Medea walk into the Heart.
VIEWPOINT OF THE STORY:
Though dissension on this, seems to be honing down to:
- told from perspective of Golden Fleece
- Jason and Medea are characters to provide narrative through-line
- Audience = Argonauts.
- chorus exists