Written By Jessica Fleitman
Directed By Chloe Demrovsky
Be Careful What You Fish For
We will be presenting an Invited Reading of The Average-Sized Mermaid at The Dramatists’ Guild on November 20, 2009 and a preview scene at the FAR Showcase at Dixon Place on December 14, 2009. More information coming soon.
Our process begins with a three-month workshop process, in which Company Member, Chloe Demrovsky, will direct a full cast of actors, including Company Member Michelle Concha and newcomers Chris Beier, Seth Andrew Bridges, Leslie Boles and Starr Kirkland. Jessica will work with NYU-trained dramaturg, Pip Ngo, and producer Rebecca Jones to help the play reach its fullest potential. We have already received our first big contribution to the production: we were awarded an Emerging Artists Residency Grant by The Field. This exciting grant allows us use of a state of the art rehearsal studio in Manhattan for our development process.
THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID is an outrageous parable that will have you laughing your tail off. When Miriam reads Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid” to her kindergarten class, she can’t help but explain the parallels to her recent break-up: the mermaid sacrifices a huge part of herself for a man, only to watch him leave her for another woman. These parallels become surprisingly literal, however, when Miriam finds she’s inexplicably transformed into a mermaid herself! Initially horrified by her tail, Miriam begins to explore the possibilities for revenge on her ex-fiance, but accidentally sparks an international feminist movement in the process! Toss an unconventional prince charming into the mix, and Miriam may be in over her head.
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