Jason in Eureka, an epic adventure in search of golden fleece and other local treasures. Sanctuary Stage partnered with Los Angeles based Cornerstone Theater Company in this modern Eureka-specific retelling of the mythic adventures of Jason and his epic quest for the Golden Fleece.
Los Angeles-based, nationally renowned Cornerstone Theater Company was drawn to do a project in Eureka at the suggestion of Sanctuary Stage's Artistic Director Tinamarie Ivey. Upon visiting, Cornerstone found the area all the elements needed for a successful community collaboration: rich history, present-day vitality and passionateinvolved citizens. Playwright Peter Howard has met with numerous individuals and organizations seeking out the perspectives of area residents. Visiting Eureka over the past eight months, Howard has engaged in conversations with retirees at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, Eureka High School students, Wiyot representatives, veterans and experts in Victorian home restoration, among others. Community partner organizations for GOLDEN FLEECE: JASON IN EUREKA are The Ink People Center for the Arts, Sanctuary Stage and The Blue Ox Millworks and Historical Park.
Meet Jason, a young warrior with physical and emotional wounds, who has taken to sleeping on the lawn of a west side Eureka Victorian house. Here, two stories unfold: the epic adventures of Jason’s quest to capture the fabled Golden Fleece, and the local reactions to this mysterious stranger’s presence in an eclectic Eureka neighborhood. Playwright Peter Howard mixes elements of the classic tale of Jason & the Argonauts with realities of present-day Eureka, blurring the lines between mythic heroes and the local heroes that exist every day around us.