THE PLAYERS

 

    Daedalus

Icarus’ father, widower of Neucrate. Daedalus is the royal inventor, and advisor to Minos, King of Crete, a fact of which Icarus is very aware, and generally unimpressed with. For every privilege this title has allowed father and son, they spend very little time with each other, and this deficit has become more apparent as Icarus has grown. With the growing intensity of Icarus’ nightmares, Daedalus is forced to acknowledge the cause.

His wife, Neucrate, was taken from him by Poseidon, god of the seas. Daedalus has kept this fact vaulted within him these past sixteen years.

    Icarus

A boy. At age sixteen, the infrequent but recurring nightmares of his youth, which were once eased by the kind reassurance of his father, have become an unavoidable and terrifying reality, experienced night after night. He strives to reach someone he never knew. One who calls to him from the depths of his mind. One who speaks answers he does not understand. It is safe to say, that for some time now Icarus does not willingly go to sleep. In his waking life Icarus suspects that the answers to the many questions these dreams create lie within his father.

    Pasephae, Queen of Crete

The eccentric Pasephae has made a habit of taking full advantage of her crown. Her husband, Minos, dotes on her and when he is unavailable, her many lovers do the same. Her life of debauchery is interrupted when she becomes a pawn in the feud between Poseidon and King Minos. The angered sea god bewitches the queen, causing her to become enamored with the sacrificial White Bull. Her prime quest is to mate with the bull and satisfy her lust. With the help of Daedalus, her goal is achieved, spoiling the delicate peace of the kingdom.

    King Minos of Crete

Minos has incurred Poseidon’s wrath for failing to sacrifice the White Bull to him. Instead, Minos has given the creature to Queen Pasephae who is not easily satisfied and, he suspects, is being unfaithful. What troubles his mind most is the lack of an heir which, he fears, is due to his own “limitation.” Jealousy grows in the heart of the king when witnessing his most trusted advisor, Daedalus, with son, Icarus. Minos is in charge, but not in control.

    Neucrate

Icarus’ mother, Daedalus’ wife. She is bound to the seas, a captive of  Poseidon. Neucrate attempts to speak to Icarus through his dreams. The Old Man communicates to her son what she cannot. She has been summoned from the oceans, because Icarus needs her.

       The Old Man

The Old Man dwells in a place between spirit and life. He goes where Neucrate cannot. His goal is to bring Icarus closer to the truth and be a voice of hope for him.

“The Players” photo courtesy of Richard Termine. “Old Man” and “Icarus” photos courtesy of Gerry Goodstein.   

           “Daedalus,” Pasephae,” “Minos,” “Neucrate,” and Bottom Row photos are courtesy of Matt Lin.

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