As every seafarer knows, the Mermaid’s song can turn the world upside-down. Sailors for centuries have brought back tales of a song so beautiful, so transfixing, that even the stars have shot madly from their spheres, and the rude sea grew civil at her song. For a young Will Shakespeare aching to break free from his small town life, these tales of far off wonder transport him from the everyday, to a place in which anything is possible. In this original clown show, made from scratch in collaboration with the actors of HVSF’s Conservatory Company, a young Mermaid is the source of literary inspiration for Shakespeare, as well as for anyone and everyone who hears the call to make something beautiful out of nothing at all. Consummate clown Zachary Fine is a 2015 Helen Hayes Award winner and the dreamer/director behind HVSF’s 2016 devised production, SO PLEASE YOU.
Once I sat upon a promontory and heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath that the rude sea grew civil at her song, and certain stars shot madly from their spheres...Oberon, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Act II, Sc. 1