Well Wishes

By Rolande Duprey

Original music by Jane Donovan Peacock 

Set design by Anduin Haven

Costumes, masks and puppets by Rolande Duprey

Serpent head constructed by Deborah Glassberg

Directed by Rolande Duprey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced at the University of Connecticut in March/April 1992 as part of the requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Puppetry.

The production used Nordic mythology and Old Icelandic from the Poetic Edda to tell a modern tale of a woman dying in a hospital.

 

 

 

 

The sick woman imagines her past self, a healthy young woman, who sends her on a metaphorical journey into her mind, the "well" of her unconscious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this world within, the sick woman meets her inner self (the "Kore") and is able to pull off the mask of illness. For a short video clip of this episode, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The illness transforms into a large serpent, which threatens both the woman and her inner self. To watch a short video clip of this sequence, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The woman sends her Kore out of the well, while she stays to fight the serpent. To watch a short video clip of this sequence, click here.