ICARUS, a one act play in verse

Players:
Chorus of 3 voices
Icarus

Act 1

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

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

Chorus–2nd voice
Daedalus, the father carpenter

Chorus–3rd voice
Icarus, the son

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

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

Chorus–3rd voice
Thus Icarus dreamed.

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…

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.“

Chorus–All
O Icarus!

Chorus–All–silence

Chorus–3rd voice
Hear him!

Chorus–All
Icarus!

Icarus–Entering
I, Icarus, demand– repudiate my father’s lies,
Sin-borne, hung in fear, of men hidden under darkened skies–

Chorus–3rd voice
Fists clenched, and down

Icarus
Or die!

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

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

Chorus–1st voice, hushed tone
Care, Icarus!

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

Chorus–One voice
Amend these lies!

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

Chorus–Another voice
And oily skin!

Chorus–All–hushed
O Icarus!

Icarus
Command! Ascend!

Chorus–One dancing, arms high

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

Chorus–All dancing

Icarus–Soaring

The End

  

Amend has an old meaning: to put right.

Published in: “souls arriving” 2006 earlier version as poem: “Between Music and Dance” 2013 as poem

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