ROCKPORT — A Prayer for the Great Mother, a mythic poem with gongs and masks, will be presented two nights — Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28 — at 7 p.m., at Pascal Hall, in Rockport.
The magical multimedia production, receiving its world premiere, is an original work by Theater for the Earth. Written by Frederica Chapman, of Hope, it is performed by her with musician and instrument maker Jim Doble, of Union, and actor Dagney Ernest, of Thomaston.
The production includes video projection, original music and more; and is directed by Jennifer Hodgson, of Camden.
“‘Music moves us our whole lives through,’ says Old Moon, keeper of the songs in our play,” said Chapman, who performs with handcrafted masks, costumes and choreographed movement, in a news release. “That’s certainly been true for me, having memorized Broadway music lyrics as a child and then written poetry/lyrics throughout my life.”
Chapman’s poetry has always been Earth-centered and became more so during her three years at the Findhorn community in Northern Scotland.
“Recently, I realized that these poems needed a story to enhance their meaning,” she said.
A Prayer for the Great Mother invites audiences to imagine how an early ancestor woman might have perceived the earth on which she lived — and how we modern humans might come to honor the planet more,” she said.
Set designer Dan Dalrymple, of Rockland and lighting designer Tom Sadowski, of Lincolnville, are creating a primeval wooded glen inside Pascal Hall to enfold the work.
A Prayer for the Great Mother offers a short evening of peaceful, inspiring entertainment for all ages, according to the release.
Tickets are $20, $10 for students. They are available at Zoot Coffee, Camden; Grasshopper Shop, Rockland; and online at theaterfortheearth.org.