A Tale We Told the Queen on the Evening of the Fourth Day of Our Journey to the East
Other Plays by Rinde Eckert
Eckert, Rinde (American playwright, writer, composer, director, singer, librettist, eclectic, actor and movement artist, ____-____), “A Tale We Told the Queen on the Evening of the Fourth Day of Our Journey to the East,”
a __-minute _____ in English, set in _______, ____,
© 1999 by Rinde Eckert;
• in Rinde Eckert’s A Tale We Told the Queen on the Evening of the Fourth Day of Our Journey to the East (New York: The Author, 1999);
• script/rights available from Rinde Eckert, _____, _____, U.S.A., e-mail _____, http://www.rindeeckert.com.
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“A queen and her entourage are making their way home after a long journey. When they camp for the evening her attendants entertain her with an old story that changes her forever. Pretty soon the story has completely taken over the company of the court of this queen and in fact there is no audience left; they’re all performing the story . . . .
• “It’s a tragic story that turns into a kind of farce, which ends with an hilarious battle. When we staged it I was laughing so hard I couldn’t open my eyes. They had to stop because I couldn’t see anything anymore.”—UI alumnus Rinde Eckert . . . , http://www.uiowa.edu/~ournews/1999/october/1029rinde.html, accessed March 11, 2006.
• Research could include Rinde’s “Idiots' Paradise,” Theater, Volume 30, Number 2, Summer 2000, pp. 82-91, Duke University Press.
• “Rinde Eckert (Librettist, Composer, Actor) is critically acclaimed as a writer, composer, director, singer, actor and movement artist. He conceives, creates, composes, writes and performs in Opera / New Music Theatre productions that tour throughout the United States, and to festivals in Europe and Asia. He has received commissions from American Repertory Theatre / ART (Highway Ulysses ), the Foundry Theatre (And God Created Great Whales), The New York Shakespeare Festival (Romeo Sierra Tango), The Paul Dresher Ensemble, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Co., and by university presenters throughout the United States. ART, the Foundry Theatre, Baltimore Stage Company, The Culture Project, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Dobama Theatre Company, The Paul Dresher Ensemble and The Margaret Jenkins Dance Co. have produced his work, working with directors including Robert Woodruff, Tony Taccone, Richard ET White, Ellen McLaughlin and David Schweizer. Rinde Eckert has directed for The Asia Society, Juggernaut Theater, Opera Piccola and The Paul Dresher Ensemble. Rinde Eckert’s work has been recognized in San Francisco with two Critics Circle Awards and two Isadora Duncan Awards; in New York with two Drama Desk Award Nominations and a special Obie Award; and the Eliot Norton Award for Best Production by a Large Resident Company in Boston. The American Academy of Arts & Letters honored Rinde Eckert with the 2005 Marc Blitzstein Award, given once every 5-years to a lyricist / librettist. Projects in the coming season include New York productions of An Idiot Divine (Zankel Hall) and the one-person opera Slow Fire (Culture Project). American Repertory Theatre commissioned Eckert to write his second play for the company: Orpheus X will have a 34-performance run at the Zero Arrow Theatre in March / April 2006. Eckert’s solo staged works include An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango, Quit This House, and the two-person musical play The Gardening of Thomas D. Works for radio include Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall. A frequent collaborator with Paul Dresher, he wrote the text and performed in their productions of Slow Fire, Power Failure, Pioneer - co-written with Terry Allen and Jo Harvey Allen, and the one-person opera Ravenshead. He wrote and directed Awed Behavior and directed the new music production Sound Stage. Record producer Lee Townsend and Eckert have created three CDs of his uniquely eclectic music, available on the Intuition label in Germany. The critically acclaimed Sandhills Reunion with music by Jerry Granelli and words by Eckert, was released in 2005.“—Rinde Eckert - Biography, http://www.rindeeckert.com/rinde/index.html, accessed June 11, 2006.
journey, homecoming, story telling.