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On the wild rocky islands north of Scotland, it is told 'round the peat fires that the selkies transform into beautiful lasses on Midsummer's Eve and dance on the beach, celebrating the dual nature of the seal people - land and sea. This timeless myth chronicles the story of 16 year ofd Elin Jean, who knows she is different from "the others." Elin Jean is drawn to the forbidden churn of the North Sea, where the islanders' worst fears are rooted. To make matters worse, her webbed hands are only part of the secretive nature of her family's solitary existence. As she stands on the threshold of womanhood, Elin Jean discovers a hidden pelt that unlocks a mystery foretold by the selkies and is set on a path to find "the knowin" she desperately seeks. With the help of Tam, a traveller lad, her beloved grandfather and some unexpected allies from beneath the tides, Elin Jean engages in a dangerous mission to save the selkies and alters the relationship between land and sea forever.
CAST: 3 men, 4 women
NOTE: A shorter, 40 minute version of this play called Selkie is perfect for competition, also from Dramatic Publishing Company
Photo curtesy of Coterie Theatre.
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An early version of this play called, Selkie, Selkie was commissioned by New York University's Program in Educational Theatre, premiered at the Frederic Lowe Theatre, New York City, directed by Nancy Swortzell
Selkie was featured at the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth National Symposium in conjunction with University of Indiana at Indianapolis, directed by Amy Brock
That same year the play was developed at The John F. Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices in Washington, DC, directed by Nancy Swortzell
Recipient of the Distinguished Play Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, 1998
Included in Theatre for Young Audiences: Twenty Great Plays for Children. edited by Coleman Jennings, 2005
Included in ASSITE International Outstanding Plays for Young Audiences Vol. VI, 1999
***The longer version, SELKIE: BETWEEN LAND AND SEA was commissioned by The Coterie Theatre, Kansas City, Mo, Directed by Scot Copeland