Ode to Persephone is a 7-act monologue which incorporates a chorus of three silent sculptors and includes a deconstructed dedicatory celebrating transgressive and non-transgressive women. Important set directives include a window or roof railing and the work space for the development of the three sculptors' works during the play. In the four staged versions of this play we have opted to work with clay, which is a prime material that can be molded silently. At each presentation a new sculpture should be started or finished. Ideally, the audience's perspective should not only be frontal and an intimate venue is more coherent with the play. The sound design can vary but it should preferably use female vocals. Costumes can also vary, but the color black should prevail and the character should wear heavy leather boots.
The play is full of greek mithology references and some scenes are fully constructed from this place. Its content refers to desire and questions the freedom, manipulation and projection in relationships, but it also touchs in themes like child sexual abuse, the problem of illegal abortion (abortion is illegal in Brazil) and infant marginality.
The play was influenced by the myth of Persephone, the virgin whos was abducted by Hades, the god of hell and lord of the dead, who transforms her into the queen of the underworld.
For more information regarding the general content of the play, please click on the Related Links on the right hand side. An excerpt of the play is available in Portuguese.