Lake Travis Middle School, Austin, TX Cedar Park Middle School, Portland, OR Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Jonesborough, TN Millbrook Playhouse, NY, NY Martha Layne Collins High, Shelbyville, KY Main Street Theatre, Kids on Stage, Houston, TX Inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley's four-act lyric drama. Prometheus is a modern retelling of the Aeschylus incomplete trilogy, "Prometheus Unbound." A touring play in one act for young Audiences written by Elizabeth Wong, with Greek language and Chorus helping to tell the story of young Prometheus who creates mankind and must defend his creation against the wrath of Zeus. Fun audience interaction, Greek Language spoken. A Chorus, of course. It's a Greek play afterall! Expandable cast.
Rehearsal photo from the Denver Center Theatre touring production. Fog envelops Prometheus who has been chained to a rock by Zeus for creating and protecting human beings. The craggy mountaintop is created by two bamboo poles and two upended chairs. "I loved the simplicity of this set!!" - Elizabeth Wong
THE PLAY FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE HAPPY PRINCE A New Musical.
Libretto by Elizabeth Wong. Music by Michael Silversher
Non Musical Version of THE HAPPY PRINCE Also Available!!! Dramatic Publishing Company
Windham High School, Windham, ME doing a production of Elizabeth Wong's prose adaptation of Oscar Wilde's elegaic short story
THE FINALE OF THE PLAY. A JUDAIC CHANT IS HEARD AS SWALLOWS FLY TO EARTH TO ESCORT THE PRINCE TO HEAVEN.
FROM THE WINGS.
THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE TAKEN BY THE PLAYWRIGHT FROM THE WINGS. A STUDENT PRODUCTION OF THE PLAY FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE HAPPY PRINCE WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, BELLINGHAM, WA.
ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED BY THE KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, WASHINGTON DC.
A COMPLETELY SUNG-THRU MUSICAL FOR FAMILY AND YOUNG AUDIENCES.
A BEJEWELED STATUE. A PASSING SWALLOW. A CITY IN DISTRESS. HOMELESSNESS. HUNGER. FEAR. WHAT TO DO? DO NOTHING? OR... DO SOMETHING. TOGETHER, BIRD AND STATUE FIND THE ANSWER.
INSPIRED BY "THE HAPPY PRINCE," BY OSCAR WILDE, A SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN ABOUT POVERTY, CHARITY AND SACRIFICE IN TROUBLED TIMES
MUSIC BY GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING/ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED COMPOSER MICHAEL SILVERSHER
A CITYSCAPE. FOG. SETTING THE MOOD FOR THE ENTRY OF HOMELESS PEOPLE (CALLED TRASHPICKERS) WHO LOOK FOR FOOD INSIDE TRASH CANS. THE PRINCE ASKS, "ARE WE OUR BROTHERS' KEEPER?"
Opening song. The mayor of the city extolls the beauty of the statue...a monument to human ingenuity and greatness...a song sung in the gospel style.
"Michael wrote beautiful toetappable music, ranging from gospel to Sufi whirling Dervish meditation, to Middle Eastern rock, to Judaic style chanting, for the soaring finale. Spiritual themes are interwoven in the music, but not in the text or libretto. In the Western Washington University student production, a buddhist mandela was added to visually accentuate the pan spirituality of the play. The book speaks to charity and sacrifice without specific reference to any denomination or particular religious practice. Although Oscar Wilde's original story is clearly Christian. I think Oscar would be smiling at the embrace of all faiths, "
-- Elizabeth Wong, book writer and lyricist.
SNOWFALL. Winter comes. The Swallow and The Prince have given away their possessions in order to help the city. The Prince sings about his loneliness now that The Swallow has left him on her migration. Or has she? Tragedy awaits.
Wong Honored -- Winner of the ATHE/Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Award