Dream Up Festival

The Dragon Griswynd title

- World Premiere

 


Playwright: Carrie Robbins.

Director: Joseph R. Sicari.

Cast:

Charles Turner * Jenne Vath a.k.a. Marcia * Steven Hauck a.k.a. Frank * Robert Meksin (Voice Over)


Composer, Overture:: Scott Munson.





A lone dragon, millenia old, last of his kind on earth, fire-breathing capacities down to barely a puff, lives in a burned-out volcano. He is Griswynd. The Humans have damaged Earth beyond repair, and those who could, have fled to a new planet, which they’ve named EarthAgain. Unbeknownst to Griswynd, there is a second creature hovering in the shadows of the Dragon’s Lair. T22EA-M (Tech 22 Explorer Android-Male), also known as “Frank,” is there studying the behavior of The Last Dragon on Earth. Suddenly in the sky, a silver orb chugs into view. The vehicle lands on a nearby hillock. T22EA-F (Tech 22 Explorer Android-Female), also known as “Marcia,” appears from the ship. She’s come to get souvenir snapshots and to escort her fellow android back to EarthAgain. Griswynd, desperately lonely, wants to go with them, but they refuse to take him. Indelicately, the toned androids tell him he’s “too big;” their vehicle just won’t accommodate him. Griswynd attempts to prolong their stay. He proposes a game of Chess: “The Game of Kings and Dragons.” He recites a story written in “Dragonich” (Iambic Octameter). Each attempt intrigues the Robots. But nothing convinces them to stay or to take the old Dragon with them. In a rare moment of Android compassion, they offer to clone his D.N.A as a curiosity for the repatriated Earthlings. Rejected, Griswynd refuses the cloning and wishes his mechanical guests a safe trip back to their new home. Once again, Griswynd is alone. He retrieves an ancient diary he’s been keeping. What unfolds in Dragon Griswynd’s diary entry are the private musings of a once-powerful being now facing mortality: his own and his beloved Earth’s. “The Dragon Griswynd” is a sly, playful, and poignant meditation on loss and loneliness … the loneliness that comes with old age, the loss that comes with old fangs and weak wings. And the loss of a “planetful” of cultures, artifacts of which Griswynd has packed up to take with him. But there’s also the surprising optimism inherent in “Dragon DNA,” an indomitable uncrushable spirit. (Check out any octogenarian you know. You’ll see.)

 



Community Theater

Showtimes:
Thursday September 6 - 6:30pm
Saturday September 8 - 3:30pm
Saturday September 8 - 8pm
Wednesday September 12 - 6:30pm
Friday September 14 - 9pm
Saturday September 15 - 3:30pm
Saturday - September 15 - 8pm
Sunday - September 16 - 3:30pm




Running time: THE DRAGON GRISWYND is 1 Hour 8 Minutes $20.

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Carrie Robbins (Playwright) has spent the majority of her work-life designing costumes on B’way and Off. In 2012 she received the TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for her work. Awards include 2 Tony Noms, 4 DramaDesk Awards/2 Noms, Maharam Awards and Noms, Hewes, LA Dramalogue, Audelco, 3 PragueQuadrennial. In 2011 she became the second costume designer to be honored with a monograph on her designs (Amazon.com; The Drama BookShop/NYC). Robbins is known for the strength and skill of her character drawing, which may have presaged her interest in character writing. Her husband, a Harvard History/Lit major retired to write short-stories. Over 75 were published worldwide; 4 were nominated for The Pushcart Prize (for Short-Form writing). Robbins has adapted many of these small curios into theatre pieces. In 2014, Robbins’ SAWBONES & THE DIAMOND EATER (HERE/nyc) received 6 nominations from the NY Innovative Theatre Awards, the most given out that year. In 2018, S&DE were Semi-Finalists in Theatre at the 14th St. Y’s 2018/19 season’s juried competition. In 2016, THE ACTRESS - Finalist in NY Thespis Summer Festival. In 2015 Le WEDDING DRESS - Semi-Finalist in NYNewWorks Theatre Festival. In 2013, SAWBONES was chosen for TACT’s (The Actors Company Theatre) New Plays Festival
www.daysofthegiants.com
www.carrierobbinsdesignageinc.com
She is currently designing a new play about the Underground Railroad directed by Tazewell Thompson for Syracuse Stage this fall.

Joseph R. Sicari (Director) Mr. Sicari’s directorial credits span stage, screen, and both coasts. He has directed Leslie Uggams (George Furth’s “Music Minus One”/pre-B’way); “Da Da (Ellen Steward, LaMaMa); “Life and Times of Albert Einstein (New Play Festival); “Plaza Suite” (Mike Ferrell, Shelley Fabares, Bonnie Franklin); “Sunshine Boys” (Harold Gould); “Creation of the World and Other Business” (Ed Asner, Pat Harrington); “The Price” (Barbara Bain); “Round and Round the Garden” (Dramalogue Award for Best Direction). Member of SD&C. Acting credits includes original “Dames at Sea” (Bernadette Peters); musical “Golden Boy,” “Damn Yankees” (Jerry Lewis); “Price of Fame” (Charles Grodin); “Loose Ends”. Regional: Cleveland Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, NY & LA Shakespeare festivals, Mark Taper Forum (“The Tempest” w/Anthony Hopkins), “Othello,” “My Fair Lady,” “A View From the Bridge,” “School for Wives”. Over 250 TV guest roles include: “Seinfeld,” “The Sopranos,” “Flesh & Bone” (Starz), HBO’s mini-series “The Pacific,” “NYPD Blue,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Antony & Cleopatra” (Lynn Redgrave), “One Day at a Time” (recurring), “Night Court,” “Hart to Hart,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Triple Play” (Liza Minnelli). Films: “Kicking & Screaming” (Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall); “Stiffs” (Danny Aiello, Leslie Ann Warren); “Who Is Harry Kellerman” (Dustin Hoffman); “Partners” (Ryan O”Neal) dir: James Burrows). josephrsicari.com

Charles Turner * member, AEA (as The Dragon Griswynd) Mr. Turner has been an accomplished actor for many years. He’s often the understudy for James Earl Jones and has spent much of the last few B’way seasons in “You Can”t Take It with You” at Lincoln Center’s Beaumont, “On Golden Pond” with Leslie Uggams, “A Trip to Bountiful” with Cicely Tyson, and “The Gin Game”, also with Cecily Tyson. Turner has gone on for Mr. Jones many times.

Last season Mr. Turner appeared in Broadway’s “The Little Foxes” with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. He was also part of the award-winning ensemble of Horton Foote’s “Orphan Home Trilogy” at The Signature. Mr. Turner has been featured in TV dramas such as “Law & Order,” “The Dave Chappelle Show,” “Sesame Street,” and recently “Mme. Secretary.” He has starred in many commercials, both on camera and in voice-overs. Mr. Turner, as always, thanks his mentors: Joseph Papp, Lloyd Richards, Stella Adler, and the lesser known but no less great, Mary Tahmin.

Scott Munson (Composer, Overture) Mr. Munson’s work has been performed throughout the world in concert halls, theatres, film festivals, and on TV. Stage performances include: Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts, Joyce Theatre, and Carnegie Recital Hall. As arranger, orchestrator, and music supervisor, clients include Branford & Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Charles Wuorinen. His score for “Sawbones & The Diamond Eater” (Robbins, HERE/ NYC, 2014) won him the NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Composer of a Score for a Play. In this composition, Mr. Munson features the “empty world” theme as played on the Musical Saw by Natalia “The Saw Lady” Paruz who has accompanied Zubin Mehta and the Israeli National Symphony Orchestra and has been heard in several movie scores including a recent movie starring Richard Gere. She is so well known that her name was a clue in the Washington Post Crossword Puzzle – 6 Down. * Jenne Vath a.k.a. Marcia * Steven Hauck a.k.a. Frank * Robert Meksin (Voice Over)


 

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