Siren Song

 

This fifteen-minute experimental drama is based on two different true stories of “captivity” under water:  the unsolved murder of young Mary Rogers in 19th-century New York and the Russian sailors drowned in the recent Kursk submarine disaster.  As the play opens, young Mary and the Russian sailor each, in their own isolated locations, begin to describe their existences and their environments.  Interwoven with these evocations is the commentary of the young male Sports, rough-and-tumble single men who brag of masculinity, independence, and sexuality.

 

The Sports gossip about the deceased Mary, but their words also come to describe the buried Kursk submarine and the frightful pall of death wherever it roams.  They ponder the facts until uncertainty becomes overwhelming, while those underwater seek more desperately to communicate their fate.  Even in death, those in captivity retain their desire to speak and to ponder the mysteries they leave behind.

 

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Play Structure:

1 Act:  15-minute play

Cast size:

5

 

Gender:

1 female, 4 male

Period:

The timelessness of death for Young Mary, the timelessness of anticipation for the Sailor, and the mid-19th century for the Sports.

 

Location:

In between death and the deep blue sea.

Set:

A mostly bare stage.

 

 

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Production History

 

Siren Song received its premiere production in the Mae West Fest at the Odd Duck Studio in Seattle, Washington, on July 19-22, 2001, and was supported by a Special Projects Grant from the King County Arts Commission.  The Mae West Fest was produced by Theatre Babylon under Artistic Director Heidi Heimarck and Managing Director Sara Forsythe.  The play was directed by Therese Diekhans, with the following cast:

 

 

Young Mary

Kristie Ann Foss

 

Sailor

Merritt E. Corliss

 

Sports

Michael Aliaga

Thomas Carter

Sarah Northe

R. Nina Ruchirat