We all know the story of Noah and his ark. But who remembers the story about his neighbor, Pinchas the pickle maker and the Fish-people? Mermaid Island was very quiet at the time of the great flood. Two Fish-people were laying their eggs in hopes that their species could survive the disaster. Fish-people do this by kissing each egg into being and burying them in the sand to hatch. But as the water level was rising the couple was forced to cast their eggs out to sea in an old wooden trunk. Not so far way the other inhabitants of the islands were each contending with the rising waters. The trunk, carrying its precious cargo, floats in and out of their hands. We meet Pandora, fantastical bird women; and Jonah in the whale, among others. After a series of near disasters the trunk appears before Pinchas who is adrift at sea on a sinking umbrella. He opens the trunk and to his astonishment finds a mermaid baby has hatched there.
Paintings by Karen Marston, puppets by Kevin Augestine, costumes by Teresa Squire, lighting by Garin Marschall and visual and conceptual advice by Kelly Hanson. The music consists of rare Klezmer melodies from the late 1800's and early 1900's as well as original klezmer inspired compositions by Jacob Lawson and sound design by Jeff Lorenz. Text by Jason Lindner.
The performers include Richard Crawford, Jessica Green, Jason Lindner, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Jason Dietz Marchant, David Tirosh, Tami Stronach, and Meghan Wlliams.
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