“The heart of the plays is the transformative power of the imagination. You are about fearless creativity.”—Roger Holzberg, former VP / Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, and founder of Reimagine Well
The Hero/ine’s Journey
In transitions you leave one way and go to another. In transformations you evolve into a new you. It’s dangerous. It’s critical. Your ancestors left you maps, stories, methods. The three plays illustrating Joseph Campbell’s journey of transformation are Gates In and Out, which describes the map of the journey, The Water of Life which is the archetypal masculine journey, and Waiting for Baba Yaga which is the archetypal feminine one.
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Mummer’s plays are part of a thousand-plus year old tradition where the people of a specific area enact a play to honor a particular time of year. The parts are held in oral memory, and passed down the generations. St. George and the Dragon is one of the most widely preserved plays. We performed an adaptation of that play for fifty years at Solstice. In 2016 we rewrote the play, leaving the slaying of the dragon and the Knightmare Knight in the dust heap. The new play is older still: The Green Man, Lady Ivy, and the true teaching of Solstice.
The Lady Marion and Robin Hood play is part of the Mummer’s tradition, and the script sews together researched fragments of the tradition. Usually performed around Beltane (May Day), Lady Marion is a transformed Lady Ivy, and Robin Hood the renewed Green Man.