Perseus, son of Zeus, is one of the most recognized heroes of Greek mythology, right next to Hercules and Achilles. Perseus is most famous for killing Medusa the Gorgon, rescuing and marrying Andromeda whilst slaying the sea monster Cetus, riding Pegasus the winged horse (maybe), becoming king of Mycenae, and starring in more Rennaissance art than most apostles. Although he killed less monsters than Hercules (though he was Heracles’ great-grandfather) and didn’t win a war single-handedly like Achilles, Perseus still deserves the title of hero. Most of Perseus’ intentions were to help others. He slew Medusa in an effort to protect his mother from being married by the black-hearted king Polydectes; he slew Cetus to save Andromeda and the kingdom of Ethiopia. Perseus acts mostly in an effort to help others, which is more than can be said for most Greek gods, let alone demi-gods.

Persée et Andromède tells the familiar story of Perseus saving Andromeda from the evil sea monster Cetus. However, after saving Andromeda, Perseus finds out that Andromeda is actually Andromedus, a lonely, tormented boy. Now Perseus must save Andromedus from much more dangerous threats: Andromedus’ hateful parents that tried to sacrifice him in the first place, and a society that refuses to accept him. All the while, Perseus begins to realize that Andromedus is beginning to fall in love with him.

staged reading October 8, 2011

Directed by Bryce Duzan

Maro Guevera (Eros)

Travis Howse (Perseus)

Michelle Jasso (Cassiopeia)

Keshuv Prasad (Andromedus)

Shane Rhodes (Cepheus)

Vahishta Vafadari (Psyche)

Bryce Duzan is excited for his second go at the Olympians Festival! After performing in Stuart Bousel’s Juno en Victoria, Bryce is now stepping up to the playwright plate with Persée et Andromède. Bryce is a theater major at San Francisco State University and is planning on graduating in the fall of 2012, whereupon he hopes to enter graduate school for Playwriting. Last year, Bryce produced his first original script, The Way You Are (now being developed into a full-length play, Paradise (Is the Way You Are)) as a part of SF State’s Brown Bag Theater Company. This spring, Bryce is producing two more original scripts, The Aesthete, Then and Now in March, and Antiquity in May, again for the Brown Bag Theater Company at SF State. Having just discovered his passion for playwriting, Bryce is extremely excited to present his work as part of the Olympians Festival.

The mosaic of Perseus was created by Molly Benson.