Waiting to Die in a Tent, A Few Thoughts on Valhalla

The old viking warrior Einarr and his young friend Mikel battle to protect their distant city of Reidun. When Einarr is mortally wounded, Mikel sets out to locate Einarr’s estranged daughter Kára for a final father-daughter reunion. But before they can return, a mysterious figure finds Einarr alone-- and about to breathe his last.
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Waiting to Die in a Tent, A Few Thoughts on Valhalla

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  • Ky Weeks:
    4 Nov. 2021
    Meyer's writing calls to mind the old epic stories of heroes, who die after a lifetime of greatdeeds, only to leave a void in their absence. In this play, we only know the warrior from his end, from his regrets and what gets left behind. Through his final moments we see the cracks truly open in a façade of strength, and see a glimmer of the human inside, facing down the weight of fate and his own choices. The end is a sincere and lovely moment of grace and redemption, both personal and mythic.

Character Information

  • Hildr
    30-40
    A young shield-maiden turned Valkyrie. Aloof.
  • Einarr
    60-70
    An old warrior, estranged father of Kára. Cynical.
  • Mikel
    25-30
    A young warrior, friend and confidant of Einarr. Optimistic.
  • Kára
    18-25
    A young farmer, estranged daughter of Einarr. Hopeful.
  • Viking Warrior
    Male
    A viking warrior killed by Einarr. Mortally wounds Einarr.

Production History

  • Community Theater
    ,
    Produced as an episode of the audio fiction podcast STRANGE/LOVE
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
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Platinum Level Program
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HEAR Now Festival
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2020