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Scene 1 from Intimate Relay

Scene 1 from Intimate Relay

Scene 1 from Intimate Relay by onomé ekeh Dramatis Personae (In Order of Appearance) Lucretia, our heroine Miss Eleggua a.k.a. “Legsy”, a young girl and our sometime referee Viktor & Rolf, the dandies next door Edgar & Violet a couple Britannicus & Octavia, twins in the garden Baron Samedi Great Aunt Brigitte A Baby SCENES:...
Intimate Relay:  NOTES ABOUT CHARACTERS, THEMES & SETTING

Intimate Relay: NOTES ABOUT CHARACTERS, THEMES & SETTING

In various West African traditions, biological twins have a sacred/profane mystique. In Yorubaland in particular, they are considered magical and given special names, possessing a specific social function akin to the ‘alchemical union of opposites’ in Western Hermetic traditions… these varying facets of twinship are themes explored in this play. The piece also culls from...
Intimate Relay: A Synopsis

Intimate Relay: A Synopsis

The action is prefaced by a scientific myth: the story of the striped foal— A group of scientists have a stallion copulate with a zebra. Nothing happens, a small matter of obstinate XY chromosomes and a difference in genetic structure. The stallion is sent home where he mates with a mare. A few months later...
Surge: A Tale of Sleeping Beauty  (from Grimm's Weimar Republic)

Surge: A Tale of Sleeping Beauty (from Grimm’s Weimar Republic)

DRAMATIS PERSONAE ANGEL/ BELLA GIRL PARTY GUESTS BELLA AT 16/ YOUNGER MAXINE MAXINE CARA DOCTOR 6 YOUNG MEN SCENES: A CHILD’S BEDROOM; A LIVING ROOM; A LABORATORY; A SUSPENDED ANIMATION TANK A child sleeps in the foreground,. An angelic being, completely burnished gold with lengthy gold braids and golden vestments appears beside the sleeping GIRL....
Hansel & Gretel: Domestic Scenes (from Grimm's Weimar Republic)

Hansel & Gretel: Domestic Scenes (from Grimm’s Weimar Republic)

...t there is a loud banging from the furnace oven and the entire space turns fiery orange with heat. HANSEL crawls under the table, GRETEL strikes a defiant fashion pose.
A Few Words About Grimm's Weimar Republic…

A Few Words About Grimm’s Weimar Republic…

This body of work grew out of a commission by a Brooklyn-based theater company, White Bird Productions. Five different playwrights were asked to adapt one Grimm’s fairytale each—to modern day Brooklyn—to be presented as an evening of family theater. I stumbled a bit before hitting the appropriate note: like many, I am a fairy tale...
Orphic Mysteries in Five Minutes or Less

Orphic Mysteries in Five Minutes or Less

Commissioned by David Thomson  for  his piece, “1959” performed at St. Mark’s (NYC) in 2010.   “For you are not stars, sky-set in the shape of a lyre, but the dust of those who have been dismembered by the Furies” Please turn to page 59 of your Hymnal: The Parable of the Sea Turtle The...