We are so grateful for all the support and interest in DARK WATER. Thanks to your support, Dark Water reached its Kick-Starter goal of $5,000.00 in just 30 days. We still have a long way to go before we reach the full budget but thanks to you we are confident that we will get there!
DARK WATER, is inspired from the many emotions that raged through me after the 2010 oil spill. I do believe the play emerged from my anger. I set this play about the Louisiana oil spill mostly underwater and had the primary characters be the animals, because I feel that in many ways, these are the true victims. The other victim of course is our environment, which we as a human race abuse without remorse.
One of the messages I hope people leave DARK WATER with is that the Earth does not belong to humans alone. We share the Earth and her resources with other living beings.
There is a lot of allegory in the piece as well. The animals, in dealing with the tragedy begin to act as humans do: dividing land amongst themselves, drawing lines where other animals cannot pass, exhibiting forms of racism, abusing religion to promote self-power...
One animal in particular, a seagull named Gullet, kills more than he can eat in order to hoard food for himself. And he has learned this from watching the humans. All the while though, I like to think the piece avoids a tone of being “preachy” because the heart of the play lies with a mother turtle, Barnacle, who is seeking shelter for her children. There is a dolphin, Daedalus, who does not blame humans, but simply wishes for their help in fixing the situation. Oh yes and Daedalus is in love with a human... there are other love stories in the play as well like that of turtles Weed and Foam. Like in every good story, there is love and there is hope.
MTWorks will present Dark Water this coming March at the Theater at the 14th Street Y in NYC, Directed by Heather Cohn.
Playwright, DARK WATER