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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  • Michael G. Hilton:
    22 Sep. 2019
    Each voice is so accurately heard, each storyline so well-developed, the reader can easily imagine the playwright disappearing into the scenery that she so masterfully and meticulously captures. This is a play about magic, our innate need for it: whether it be the magic of transcendence, holiness, mythical beings, or the everyday magic of being alive and in love in this world - the magic of making it day to day when it feels like everything is stacked against you. "The Mermaid's Parade" begs us to believe when it seems as though there is nothing to believe in. Produce this!
  • Nick Malakhow:
    10 Sep. 2019
    The humans in this play are so exquisitely rendered with unique and distinct voices that I can practically hear all of their different cadences and rhythms in my head. The juxtaposition of Islande's and Biron's trauma is so beautifully navigated and sensitively handled, as wrenching and gutting as some moments are. The stage magic on display is also magnificently conceived of! What a joy to read such fantastical stage directions and actions that seem at once so far-fetched, but that evoke about 10 different possible staging iterations in my director-brain. It would be a pleasure to see this staged!
  • 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.

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