Pyggy, the resident artist in a modern high-society spa, imitates his namesake, Pygmalion, the ancient Greek sculptor who created a gorgeous statue, named her Galatea, fell in love with her and prayed to the gods to bring her to life. Pyggy creates his ideal sculpture by "borrowing" a perfect feature—an ear, a nose, etc.—from each of his models. He appropriately names his sculpture Galatea. When the slumbering Olympian gods find out about this modern Galatea, the excitement begins. The play is a brilliant commentary on the meaning of love. But this is a modern story; they don't live happily ever after. Noted for his incisive analysis of human emotions and motivations, Ainsworth gives us a fresh view of love in this play. As he did in Persephone, the author takes age-old ideas and re-evaluates them in terms of modern life, producing a work of significance and universality. Above all, Ainsworth knows how to entertain. Farewell to Galatea tells the story of a young man who dreams of the ideal girl—and doesn't know what to do with her when his dream comes true.
- Type of Show One-act Play
- Product Code FC9000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $35/perf
- Cost $6.95
- Approx. Run Time 35 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Dinner Theatre
- Genre Comedy
- ISBN(13) 9780886800505
- "A modernized version of the Greek myth that nevertheless brings Eros, God of Love, right onto the stage. A fun, thoughtful piece, that offers moments of romance, artistic passion, laughter, and anger."
- Review by Jace Roscoe, Townview Theatre, Dallas, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We made Eros as magical as we could, using battery powered LED lights inside her/his bottle of nectar, specials to highlight his entrances, quick exits and hidden access for appearances. We also chose to actually paint our statue, turning Galatea into gray granite. Be sure to help your actors build the passion/tension between Pyggy and Thalia right up to the breaking point in the 'art negotiation' scene."
- Tip by Jace Roscoe, Townview Theatre, Dallas, Texas