Mermaid Madonna: Tales of a Crisis
Mermaid Madonna, written and directed by playwright Stephanie Golino, is a dynamic
and poetic portrayal of the effects of a global event: the arrival of tremendous numbers
of refugees, most fleeing the war in Syria, to a small fishing village on the island of
Lesvos, Greece in 2015. The extraordinary response of the islanders inspired the
nomination of a grandmother and a few fishermen for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The play is set in the village, Skala Sikamineas, in the aftermath of the crisis. The
villagers are celebrating their traditional Festival of the Mermaid Madonna for the first
time in two years, a step toward a return to normal life. In one eventful evening, shared
stories take vivid shape, ignite memories and breathe a life of their own.
The show incorporates movement, characters, storytelling and music. An ensemble of
10 actors perform in both traditional and physical theater styles.
Musicians, Sarah Michael (qanun), Mark Bradlyn (electric oud, bouzouki) and Peter Cor (keyboard) interweave the play with Arabic and Greek music.
The characters you meet and the words they speak are drawn from media articles and
personal interviews with both Greeks and Syrians who were caught in the crisis.
Thursday June 20th World Refugee Day, Journalist John Ehab will read from his book, "Backpack Full of Fear: Young Refugees Tell Their Survival Stories.
Center Stage Theatre (View)
1001 Center St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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