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Title

Free as a Bird, Light as a Bone

by Ren Powell.

Playtext for physical theatre - poetic realism -surrealism

Language
English
Written
2017
Genre
drama,performance
Format
stage
Target group
adults
Number of roles
2 women, 2 men
Length
feature length

Synopsis

Free as a Bird, Light as a Bone running time ca. 90 minutes written for an physical theater ensemble of 8 – min. cast 2 women, 2 men (or 4 women)

Free as a Bird, Light as a Bone is a poetic work that incorporates found text from the true story of Horace Wells, who is often referred to as the inventor of modern anaesthesia. Believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the 19C dentist Horace Wells was convicted of throwing acid at women in NYC in 1848, and took his own life while in prison. The play is a work of fiction – a memory play, seen through the eyes of Horace’s wife Elizabeth. The story begins with Horace’s awkward proposal of marriage. The couple struggle with their opposing, and variable natures. Throughout the ten years of their marriage, Elizabeth confides in her friend and aunt Mary, an artist; and – perhaps unwittingly – conspires with Horace’s business partner and nemesis William Morton.

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