Swan Song of Maria by Carol Cece Anderson
A radical re-imagining of Swan Lake, Swan Song of Maria (A Tragic Fairy Tale) is a poetic fusion of theatre, classical ballet, tap, Afro-Cuban-Latin-Jazz, and Tchaikovsky. It tells the tale of Jillian and Joe, and interracial couple who met in Toronto in the late 1960's. As tap dancer Jillian confronts Alzheimer's disease, she is haunted by playwright husband Joe's ever present muse, Maria - a beautiful ballerina who appears, dancing on pointe, whenever Joe's memory brings her to life. Joe met Maria in the early 1960's, on a Caribbean island (probably Cuba), whose revolution, like his and Jillian's relationship, has outgrown its idealism. As Jillian struggles against being drawn into a world of diminishing memories, she wonders where she belongs in her husband's life. Was the "pallid beauty" Maria his ideal? Spanning the years before and during Jillian and Joe's nearly forty years together, Swan Song of Maria is a story of two souls desperate to make sense of their lives before it's too late.
Year Printed: 2011
First Produced: 2009 at Black Theatre Workshop, Montreal, QC.
Running TIme: 90 minutes
Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 1
Other Cast: 2
Suitable for School Performances: Students age 16+