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Redish, A. David (American playwright, 1969- ), "Kalypso,"

a 40-minute bare-stage drama in English set on a beach, at Kalypso's cavern, seven years of memories, ancient Greece,


© 1994, script/rights available from A. David Redish, 5628 Phillips Avenue, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15217, U.S.A., telephone (home) 412-521-6532, (work) 412-268-3074. Cited to Webmaster by playwright via ftp, June 15, 1997; Redish says,

Dramatis Personae Odysseus (m), a warrior, voyager; Kalypso (f), a sea nymph, enchantress

Synopsis "Odysseus and Kalypso, separately on beaches in Ithika and her island, remember an emotion lost long ago. They reach each other in their dreams and interact in the twisted time sequence of dreams. A memory juxtaposes the time he first woke in a strange bed, feverish and sick, with a time of anger and frustration at the safety of the island. But through jumbled time and hazy memory, a love blossoms. Both Odysseus and Kalypso discover love in this strange and magic time. It surprises them both, weakening but deepening them. The love they discover makes them human. Odysseus' character will not let him hide forever; he must face the anger of the sea again. Kalypso, hard as it may be, learns to give up what she has found with this man.

Comment "In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus' life on Kalypso's island barely receives two hundred lines, but Odysseus spent seven of his ten years journeying between Troy and Ithika. After he finally does leave her island, he goes straight back to Ithika, even ignoring the offers of Naussica, something he never would have done before Kalypso. What happened there on that island to keep him there for seven years? What changed this man?"

Themes beach, dream, Greek mythology, visitor.


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1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays

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