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Gonzalez-Risso, Kico (Canadian playwright, director-translator, 19__-____), “Voodoo,”

a 55-minute drama in English, set in any large room, anytime,

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  •  © 1989 by Kico Gonzalez-Risso;  •  in Kico Gonzalez-Risso’s Three Plays by Kico Gonzalez-Risso (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Union of Canada, 200_);  •  script/rights available from Kico Gonzalez-Risso, e-mail kigori@telus.net, telephone (home) 604-876-0302, www3.telus.net/kigori; or from The Playwrights Union of Canada, 54 Wolseley Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1A5, Canada, e-mail info@puc.ca, telephone 416-703-0201.  •  Cited by Kico Gonzalez-Risso via ftp June 14, 2002; Gonzalez-Risso says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Clark (f), 22, builder; Donahue (f), 30, builder; Spud (f), 30, builder.

  §  Synopsis “Donahue, Clark and Spud are working together on a mystery project. As they hammer, saw, and assemble the pieces of a large figure, the sound of voodoo drums grows louder in the background. Their work becomes more intense as they near completion because, at the same time, they are piecing together—through seemingly-detached inner monologues—the frightening secret of the most cryptic man in their lives. As voodoo drums resonate, the women jointly construct what appears to be a giant doll. Each awaits the arrival of the one man in her life who introduced her to love, fear, and blood rituals.

  §  Comment “Three interweaving stories form the pieces of a haunting puzzle.  •  ‘Voodoo’ requires one large room which is a studio or workshop. Three women must construct a large voodoo doll by the end of the hour. Lights and sound are very simple. The only required sound effects are the sound of drumming and a tape of Gounod’s ‘Ave Maria’ that is played at one point. [By far the most generally known of his religious music, not intended for church use, was the Ave Maria derived from the first Prelude of Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues. Gounod himself and others transcribed the piece for various combinations of instruments. See Gounod, Charles (1818 - 1893), http://www.hnh.com/composer/gounod.htm, accessed June 19, 2002.]  •  ‘Voodoo’ premiered professionally in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1990; it was produced in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 2001. It has received various other productions including one at a high school drama festival. Monologues from the play have often been used as audition pieces.  •  ‘Voodoo’ is available from the Playwrights Union of Canada in a collection titled Three Plays by Kico Gonzalez-Risso. The other two are ‘Witchcraft” and ‘Undressing the Nation.’ Information on KGR’s other plays are on the Playwright's website, www3.telus.net/kigori.”

  §  Themes blood, drums, effigy, female bonding, Gounod (Charles François Gounod, French composer, 1818-1893), love, memoriter aspect, memory, ritual, story, voodoo.



See also Kico Gonzalez-Risso’s

  • Witchcraft,” a 55-minute drama in English, set in a forest at a spot named Satan’s Temple, early evening, 3m1f
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