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OCTOBER 18–DECEMBER 01
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My cousin Russ turned me onto Jung when I was a sophomore in college just in time to blow my Epic Literature course experience wide open.  Truth be told, traces of Jung kept popping up here and there in most of my subsequent undergraduate term papers from then on.  This was the early 70s after all, when the counter-cultural rebellion against rationalism still prevailed.  In Jung, the unconscious still held the keys to the sacred, and libido transformed from Freudian sexuality to the fire of spiritual potency.  Art could be a repository of numinosity.

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I don’t know why I write plays. I would prefer to write blockbuster movies that take two weeks and make me five million dollars. But when I sit down at the computer or the piece of white paper or the cocktail napkin, out comes a dialogue or an extended conversation about holiness, God, philosophy and crime, which in the world of my plays are all inextricably linked.

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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT, CAST, & DIRECTOR

Visit our show page to read more about The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters including bios Marlane Meyer, Lisa Peterson, and the cast!

THE PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERS


Alone in my cubicle at work about eighteen months ago, I did the geekiest little dance of excitement when I opened my mail to see a new play by Marlane Meyer.   It had been at least ten years since I’d known of a new one from her, during which time I often found myself jonesing for a fix.  My first encounter with Meyer’s work was so memorable, so eye-opening that I remember precisely where I was sitting: a booth in Frank's Restaurant in Ann Arbor in the ’90s after, rightfully suspecting I might enjoy her writing, a theater history professor loaned me his copy of Etta Jenks (1988).  Audacious and screamingly funny, this play starts off as the ancient story of a girl from the sticks who arrives in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a movie star. Facing a series of dead ends, she soon finds herself acting in pornographic films, controlled by a web of odious men. Far from falling victim to this cosmology, though, she becomes the master of it, finding her power in out-manipulating the sleazebags who are out to exploit her.  It's a sardonic tale of social Darwinism, all the more poignant considering the feminist anti-pornography critique at that time, in which an indelible heroine learns to survive.

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There's a saint for that

In the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, the veneration of the saints is a time-honored tradition.  Holy individuals in life, they are considered celestial advocates in death.  And as members of a vast, heavenly bureaucracy, some of them receive some odd assignments.

Isidor of Seville
Patron Saint of the Internet
A passionate, meticulous encyclopedist with a penchant for preserving primary sources that would make Julian Assange proud apparently makes up for the fact that he died over 1300 years before the first email was ever sent.

 

Joseph of Cupertino 
Patron Saint of Aviators, Astronauts and Poor Students
A notoriously slow-witted but kind-hearted recluse often found levitating, mouth agape, this 17th century Italian Franciscan friar now receives prayers from some of the worlds smartest . . . and also some of its dumbest.

 

Lidwina
Patron Saint of Ice Skaters
After a fall on the ice from which she never recovered, this medieval Dutch mystic who may have had one of the first documented cases of multiple sclerosis, now protects skaters against a similar fate.

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post-performance discussions

During the run of Patron Saint, post-performance discussions with Marlane Meyer and Lisa Peterson have been scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, October 23
Sunday, October 27 (following the matinee)
Friday, November 1

These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!

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The season at a glance

The only event of its kind in New York City’s bustling arts calendar, Playwrights Horizons’ annual Season Panel is set to take place this year on Monday evening, September 23rd at 7:30pm at Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.  This exciting event, which in past seasons has taken place at 92Y’s uptown and downtown spaces, features writers representing ALL of Playwrights Horizons’ 2013/14 shows, including Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), Marlane Meyer (The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters), Madeleine George (The [curious case of the] Watson Intelligence), Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss), Kirk Lynn (Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra), and, representing the musical Fly By Night, writers Will Connolly and Michael Mitnick.  The moderator for the event will be Washington Post chief theater critic Peter Marks.

To purchase your tickets ($15), visit www.symphonyspace.org, call (212) 864–5400 (Tues–Sun, 1–6pm), or visit the box office. We’re thrilled to be collaborating on this event with one of New York’s most distinguished cultural destinations, and look forward to seeing you there.


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MEMBER PRICES

Member tickets to The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters are $30 each (reg. $60) YOUNG MEMBERS: 30&Under Member tickets are $20; Student Member tickets are $10.

GUEST TICKETS

SUBSCRIBERS: Order guest tickets for $45 each (reg. $60) when you reserve your own.

FLEXPASS HOLDERS:  FlexPass holders may use tickets in your account to bring guests.  Add tickets to your account by calling Ticket Central (Noon-8pm daily) at (212) 279-4200.  Restrictions apply.

MEMBERS: Order one guest ticket per package per production for $50 when you reserve your own.

YOUNG MEMBERS:  You can buy one guest ticket per production. If your guest is 30 or under, the ticket is $30. If your guest is a full-time Student, the ticket is $20.  Proof of age and/or student ID will be required for each ticket picked up.

Age appropriate?

We recommend The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters for those aged 16+. 

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