The Mermaid Hour

For Pilar and Bird, parenting a trans tween is all about guessing how to get it right when they’re not even sure what that means—and it doesn’t help that they’re not on the same page. Vi just wishes they would keep up: she’s busy navigating her first crush on super-cool Jacob, obsessing over her favorite YouTube vlogger, and just about ready to make herself an internet sensation. Fast-paced, funny, and...
For Pilar and Bird, parenting a trans tween is all about guessing how to get it right when they’re not even sure what that means—and it doesn’t help that they’re not on the same page. Vi just wishes they would keep up: she’s busy navigating her first crush on super-cool Jacob, obsessing over her favorite YouTube vlogger, and just about ready to make herself an internet sensation. Fast-paced, funny, and heartfelt, The Mermaid Hour finds all three confronting the gaps between who they are and who they wish to be.

Mermaid Hour: ReMixed, a musical adaptation by Eric Mayson and David Valdes Greenwood, is available upon request.
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The Mermaid Hour

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  • Patrick Gabridge:
    7 Jan. 2020
    This play is just lovely. Yes, it’s about a trans kid, but it’s also about the challenges of parenthood (any kid) and what happens when your kid isn’t the kid you dreamed about, but you love them anyway (loved Bird’s Fenway story). The writing is sometimes just so beautiful—I’ve gone back and reread Vi’s mermaid hour speech several times. There’s so much love and hope here. I hope it gets done again and again.
  • Patrick Gabridge:
    7 Jan. 2020
    This play is just lovely. Yes, it’s about a trans kid, but it’s also about the challenges of parenthood (any kid) and what happens when your kid isn’t the kid you dreamed about, but you love them anyway (loved Bird’s Fenway story). The writing is sometimes just so beautiful—I’ve gone back and reread Vi’s mermaid hour speech several times. There’s so much love and hope here. I hope it gets done again and again.
  • Straton Rushing:
    20 Dec. 2018
    Very interesting and heartwarming play that delves into gender, family and just loving eachother in a beautiful way. I think if you aren't choked up by the ending, you might not have a heart.

Character Information

  • Pilar
    30's-40's,
    Latina
    ,
    Female
    Pilar is Latinx of any race, born and raised in the U.S.
  • Bird
    30's-40's,
    Cisgender Male
  • Vi
    12,
    Latinx or mixed-Latinx
    ,
    Transgender
    Vi is a trans girl and may not be played by a cisgender actor. She may be played by self-identified trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary actors.

    If Vi is cast as the biological child of Pilar and Bird, she would be at least half Latinx. If Vi is cast as adopted, that distinction matters less.
  • Mika
    30s-40s,
    Japanese-American
    ,
    Cisgender Female
    Mika is Japanese-American.
  • Jacob
    12,
    Asian American
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    Jacob is gay and either Asian-American or mixed.
  • Merperson/Crux du May
    20s-30s,
    Any
    ,
    gender non-conforming
    The Merperson is the YouTube name for Crux Dumay, a gender nonconforming performer and grad student. They may be of any race, but it is important that the role clearly be that of someone genderqueer, nonbinary, or otherwise gender nonconforming. Crux is not a drag queen.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
    ,
    2016
  • Commission
    ,
    Sloan Project at Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2014
  • Reading
    ,
    Ensemble Studio Theatre
    ,
    2014

Production History

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