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Perseus Bayou: The Search for the Cajun Medusa
Perseus Bayou: The Search for the Cajun Medusa
Nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards including the Charles MacArthur Prize for Outstanding New Play, Washington, D.C.

"Hold onto your hats as you pole your pirogue down the bayou and have a toe-tapping, rollicking good time!" —School Library Journal

"A triumph of atmosphere and theatrical imagination...a smart, charming show that kids and grownups can watch together." —The Washington Post
Book by Mary Hall Surface. Music by David Maddox. Lyrics by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox.

Cast: 5m., 4w. (playing multiple roles. Can be expanded,with no doubling, to 6m., 6w. plus 4 of either gender.) C'est bien! This award-winning musical for family audiences takes the classic Greek myth of Perseus and his quest for the snake-headed Medusa and resets in post-Civil War Louisiana. To save the bayou from the evil Polydectes, Percy must journey to the edge of the human world with the help of a conjure woman, Miss Anthena, and a trickster, Panther Hermes. Along the way, he meets a sword-swinging gal named Andromeda who wins his heart. Percy's adventures take him to the land of the one-eyed fantomes gris (the grey sisters) and finally to the dark heart of the swamp, the lair of the Medusa. Percy's coming-of-age is vividly told in this highly theatrical work that features songs, dance, masks and a giant alligator. The score, inspired by Cajun music, integrates music continuously in the action. Nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, it was commissioned and originally produced by Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University's professional theatre in Fairfax, Virginia. The original cast recording was the winner of a Parent's Choice Award. Area staging. Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes.

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Music Samples
Perseus Bayou: The Search for the Cajun Medusa
Prologue (My Son)
Beginning of Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 3 (mid)
Scene 7 (Party)
Defend Yourself (scene 10)

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  PA2
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  139
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  80 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
ISBN (10): 1583422196
Publication Date: 12/03/2004
David Maddox (composer, lyricist) has created six works of musical theatre in collaboration with Mary Hall Surface: Sing Down the Moon, Perseus Bayou, Mississippi Pinocchio, The Nightingale (a dance-theatre work, commissioned by the Kennedy Center); Gandhara (also commissioned by the Kennedy Center); and The Odyssey of Telemaca. David is also the composer of Steak!, a country-western musical about cattle-rustling vegetarians ...More
Mary Hall Surface's work has been featured at Seattle Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Arizona's Childsplay, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the National Gallery of Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library, as well as more than 15 productions at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in every region of the United States, as well as in Ireland, France, Peru, Germany, Italy, Taiwan ...More
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