The Mermaids' Parade

Biron has been deployed to Iraq and Islande is stuck in Coney Island. A fable of a mermaid connects them both as they are forced to confront their personal horrors in order to try to find one another and themselves during a time of war.
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The Mermaids' Parade

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  • Pauline David-Sax:
    5 Apr. 2019
    I had the pleasure of listening to this play performed on The Parsnip Ship podcast. I highly recommend listening to it. Gina Femia writes dialogue such that each character has a very specific voice, and the actors captured this beautifully. I also love the way Femia's writes stage directions and pays such careful attention to sound/music and staging.
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    24 Mar. 2019
    Love this beautifully moving play about trauma that really connects the similar experiences of veterans and survivors of rape in palpable, healing ways. It shows us reality in such a magical way so that those of us lucky enough to experience Femia's work can better articulate these hard realities. PRODUCE THIS PLAY!!!!
  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez:
    17 Aug. 2018
    Gina Femia weaves such exhilarating images into her stage directions; images so full of magic that you wonder how the play can possibly hold everything and not overflow. The same can be said for her dialogue. Put in stark contrast to the magic, the gritty and highly realistic nature of her characters leads to some of the most vulnerable dialogue imaginable. THE MERMAID PARADE is horrifying, wonderful, and delightfully theatrical. #PlaywrightPlug

Character Information

  • Islande
    early 20s,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    Dreams fall out her head. Loud, charismatic, keeps things real.
  • Biron
    early 20s,
    Black
    ,
    Male
    Dreams locked deep inside. Stoic, quiet, somewhat mysterious.
  • Tennessee
    18,
    White
    ,
    Male
  • Guy
    Late 30s,
    Non-white
    ,
    Male
    A man’s man soldier, 3rd tour in Iraq. Has a bravado, knows how to play the game.
  • Buzz
    early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Islande’s boss at the Rite Aid. Charming, funny, awkward, a real magician.
  • Amy
    Any,
    Non-white
    ,
    Female
    Fiesty, lost, magical, also a mermaid. Spends a lot of time not being able to talk words.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Parsnip Ship
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Pipeline Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Residency
    ,
    Pipeline Theatre Company
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
,
Princess Grace Award
,
2017
Honorable Mention
,
Panndora's Box
,
Panndora Productions
,
2017
Semi-Finalist
,
The Relentless Award
,
2017