ICARUS, a one act play in verse

Players:
Chorus of 3 voices
Icarus

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Act 1

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Chorus
We/we/we, chorus of three.
& Icarus

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Chorus–1st voice
Lived once a father and a son

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Chorus–2nd voice
Daedalus, the carpenter

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Chorus–3rd voice
Icarus, the son

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Chorus–1st voice
Banished, both, for the sin of one, to an island on the sea.

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Chorus–1st & 2nd voice
They walked the eastern cliffs. White seabirds wheeling over them.

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Chorus–3rd voice
Thus Icarus dreamed.

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Chorus–2nd voice
And so four wings were formed of wood and wax and feather.

Chorus–1st voice
Daedalus, the father, to Icarus, his son, said…

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Chorus–3rd voice
“If you disobey me and fly too near the sun the wax will melt. The feathers will fall. The wings will fail. And you will tumble like Phaëthon into the sea and die.“

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Chorus–All
O Icarus!

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Chorus–All–silence

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Chorus–3rd voice
Hear him!

Icarus
I

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Chorus –All
Icarus!

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Icarus
Demand! Deny my father’s lies,
Sin-borne, sung in fear, of men hidden under darkened skies–

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Chorus–3rd voice
Fists clenched, and down

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Icarus
Or die!

Chorus–2nd voice
Like flies, wings torn and every eye to heaven

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Icarus
Die as Daedalus! Who, having slipped too near this rock to fall but down,
Praised the gods!

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Chorus–1st voice, whispering
Care, Icarus!

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Icarus
Hell–a lesser man, for having tasted heaven once, he turned,
Chose this Earth and green Aegean sod.

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Chorus–one voice
Amend these lies!

Chorus–another voice
And end to night’s deep dark

Chorus–another voice
And oily skin!

Chorus–All–whispering
O Icarus!

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Icarus
Command! Ascend!

Chorus–one dancing, arms high

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Icarus
And dance as I
Above the gods and boundless starry winds.

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Chorus–All dancing

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Icarus–soaring

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The End

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Amend has an old meaning: to put right.

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