For Your Consideration:

In the Suicide Mountains: A Village Fable

Adapted by James Still

from the novella by John Gardner

Music by Michael Keck

 

 

WiNNER of the 1997 PO'OKELA AWARD for BEST NEW PLAY

The Hawaii State Theatre Council

 

 

Originally Commissioned by the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum

Premiered by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Directed by Peter Brosius

 

In the Suicide Mountains was developed in part with the support of

New Visions/New Voices at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In the Suicide Mountains was developed in part with the support of

theSundance Playwrights Laboratory.

 

 

1998 Productions include:

        Florida Stage, Manalapan, FL

        The Coterie, Kansas City, MO

        The John F. Kennedy Center for the PerformingArts

        Arizona State University

 

1999 Productions include:

    The Mark Taper Forum,  Los Angeles

 

One Act. 60 minutes+. One flexible set. Minimum ensemble cast of seven.

An incredible journey of humor, heart and heroes. In the Suicide Mountains is a musical fable about three souls who are shunned for being different: Chudu the GoatMan, Armida the blacksmith's daughter, and Prince Christopher the violin-playing heir to the throne. These three stories weave in and out of each other, intertwining and finally overlapping when each character is pushed to the brink by pressures to conform to social, political and gender roles. Individually, Chudu, Armida and Prince Christopher head up into the mountains to jump. Once on the road, their paths not only intersect with each other and the dreaded 6-Finger Man -- they also come face-to-face with themselves. For this unlikely trio, doing battle with the 6-Fingered Man proves to be simple compared to finding the inner-courage needed to do battle with the truth about themselves.

 

 

Contact: James Still

                                633 Flower Avenue, #3 Venice, CA 90291

                                JStill@compuserve.commailto:JStill@compuserve.com

 

 

Adapted from In the Suicide Mountains by John Gardner

Used by permission of Georges Borchardt, Inc.

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updated on 23 April 1998

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