ParaTheatrical ReSearch
in association with Vertical Pool
presents

a two-act intermedia dream play
by ANTERO ALLI

 

starring
Neil Howard as...WILLIAM BLAKE
Dan Wilson
as... SIR ISAAC NEWTON
Sylvia Burboeck
as... AGGIE
Gary F. Barth
as... ZAK
Deanna Anderson
as... ANIMA
Nick Walker
as... DAEMON

 


Deanna Anderson as ANIMA
Nick Walker as DAEMON

 

Music by SYLVI ALLI
Also featuring songs by
AMY DENIO and THE MERMEN

Masks & costumes by LAUREN RAINE
Written and directed by ANTERO ALLI
Produced by ParaTheatrical ReSearch
and Vertical Pool Productions.

 


 


Neil Howard as...WILLIAM BLAKE
Dan Wilson
as... SIR ISAAC NEWTON

The Story...

The ghosts of Sir Isaac Newton and William Blake are shipwrecked on a raft and lost at sea. Ideological rivals -- Blake's poetic genius vs. Newton's intellectual genius -- the old boys have a few bones to pick. When not driving each other mad with empirical proofs and visionary deleriums, they fall sleep and dream Zak and Aggie into existence: two modernday lovers making a film based on a monologue from Anton Chekhov's, THE SEA GULL. When Zak and Aggie fall asleep, they dream Blake and Newton into existance! These surreal dreams within dreams attract the attention of two gorgeously lurid archetypes: Anima, an amazon sylph, and her gargoyle love-slave Daemon, whose entangled courtship snags the dreamers' fates into wonderfully twisted ritual, a mystical marriage, a love of exquisite annoyance...

 

HUNGRY GHOSTS OF ALBION incorporates original film,
live video feed, ritual, dance and live music.

 


Sylvia Burboeck as... AGGIE
Nick Walker
as... DAEMON

 

 


ACT 2; SCENE 9
BLAKE'S PRAYER

 

Oh God of Everything Upside Down & Inside Out, I don't know who I am anymore. Show me the difference between what is real and what is just another image of real.

Oh Goddess of Too Many Visions, send me your most transparent image so that I can see through myself when I am deluded.

Oh Goddess of Beauty Is Better Than Truth, grant me your most gorgeous image, the mother of all visions: the image that outgrows and destroys all other images, including itself.

Oh God of the Delicious Abyss, grant me the love of being nobody in a world of wannabe somebodies and hungry ghosts, so I can express your brilliance without wanting the credit.

Oh God of Dogmatic Little Bigots, show me the compassion to bear the judgements of others and tolerate their differences, so I don't scapegoat innocent bystanders and demonize those I love.

Oh Goddess of Overbearing Mothers Who Want Their Sons & Daughters to Be Lawyers and Politicians, make me stop trying to being anything anybody wants me to be. Render me empty so I can receive your holy mother love, in case I start looking for it in all the wrong places.

Ahmen and ah-women....

 


 

 


Sylvia Burboeck as AGGIE
Gary F. Barth as ZAK

PREVIEW: Thursday May 6th, 1999
MAY 7-22; 8pm. Fridays and Saturdays

NOH SPACE, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco
After its preview night, HUNGRY GHOSTS OF ALBION
enjoyed sold-out houses for its brief, exhilarating run of
three weekends at the Theatre of Yugen/Noh Space.


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