display | more...
Polaroid Stories is a dramatic adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses in two acts.

The myths of Echo and Narcissus, Orpheus and Eurydice, Philomel and Tereus, Hades and Persephone, and Zeus, Semele, and Dionysus are woven with themes from life on the streets in the late 90s. In Polaroid Stories, Narcissus is a self-destructive raver who sells his body, Echo is a runaway girl who ultimately finds her voice, and Eurydice is fleeing the abusive and murderous Orpheus (who assumes the role of Tereus, cutting out the tongue of Philomel.) The character G, alternately Zeus and Hades, helps Eurydice find the strenght to kill Orpheus. Persephone (who, in flashbacks, is Semele, a crack-addict) develops a relationship with Orpheus that echoes his relationship with Eurydice and ends when he stabs her with a broken bottle. D (Dionysus) is a drug dealer who gets ripped off by speedracer, aka SkinheadBoy, aka the Lydian Sailor, aka oklahoma boy, aka Hyacinthus, aka Theseus, a speed addict lost in a labyrinth. oklahoma boy's companion is SkinheadGirl, aka neon girl, aka Ariadne, who is lost in the labyrinth as well, eventually gets lost for good and turns into a star. It's a complex and at times confusing play, but is very moving.

Written by Naomi Iizuka, the play is quite possibly her greatest work to date. Polaroid Stories was commissioned by En Garde Arts in New York and was first produced as part of the Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. It recieved the 1998 PEN Center USA West Award for Drama (an award given for outstanding work by living playwrights.)

Polaroid Stories consists of two acts: fucked up love songs and polaroid stories.

One of my favorite monologues from the second act is from the scene titled The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea, in which G watches Eurydice leave the Underworld.
G: story of a girl i used to know
   story of a girl who turned into an echo
   story of a girl who turned into a shooting star
   story of a girl who crossed the river of forgetting
   story of a girl i used to know
   story of a girl who almost died
   story of a girl who came out on the other side
   story of a girl i used to know
   story of a girl who walked away
   story of a girl who got out
   story of a girl who walked away, and never looked back
   and how she changed into something else
   and how the old scars, how they grew new, smooth skin--

I highly recommend it, for what that's worth.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.