(one-act opera)

 

 Music by Audrey Laforest White

 Libretto by Anna Marie Laforest

 

 

Cast:

 

Moon

Dreamer (old man)

Steed from the Sky

Hero

Young Woman

Dream Characters (5 or 6, abstractly dressed, blue hues and silver, half of them nightmarish)

 

Moon is high above, dressed in black with a white quarter-cape to represent a waning quarter moon.

Dreamer is upstage, perched in a tree, wearing a leafy green cape and mask. Hero and Young Woman are downstage at opposite ends, in their own worlds.

 

 

Moon:

Ishtar, Isis, Ixchel, Lune

You may call me Moon

Without me there’s no water

Rhythm, tides, or moods –

Dragon fruit, night lilies,

Or green ribbon ringlets

Of evening dew.

 

Your dreams become my tears

My tears make your dreams bloom

Illumining the deepest you.                                         Dreamer:

                                                                                          Huh, huh, huh

Your dreams are here

Your dreams are brief

But if you dream enough

Your thoughts

Become new                                                                   Huh, huh, huh

 

And I remember every one,

Every single dream.

 

The Dream Characters and the Steed of the Sky enter and dance around the stage.  The Steed hovers around Hero.

 

 

Moon:                                                                            Dream Characters:

                                                                                       Kai, kai, kai,

                                                                                       Luxurious moon!

I bring water, tides, and mood,

I ring you with green ribbons,

I bring your deepest you…                                       Effervescent moon!

 

(pointing to Dreamer)                                                  Dreamer:

Ah, my brother’s tired                                                Huh, huh, huh

He won’t reflect

He can’t reflect                                                            Steed of the Sky:

If only he were free                                                     F-r-e-e- !

 

                                                                                       Dream Characters:

                                                                                       Kai, kai, moon…

 

 

The Steed approaches Hero and tries to pick a fight, sparring. 

Hero fights but keeps looking over his shoulder at the Young Woman.

 

Hero:                                                                           Dream Characters (dancing variously):

Ah! I wish she’d dream of me!

If only she would dream of me!

She is my night sky,                                                  Kai, kai, kai…

She is… poetry!

 

Young Woman:

Ah! I’ve never dreamed of love!

Oh, Moon!                                                                 Luxurious moon…

Send me your warm embrace

I never dreamed of love, why?                              Kai, kai…

I have dreamed of witches

Dreamed of doves

Of riches, and of rain

I have traveled to the sky –

Where I would remain                                           Steed of the Sky:

Where I could be free…                                         F-r-e-e- !

 

                                                                                  Hero                                          Dreamer

Ah, Moon,                                                                She must                                    (climbing down):

I have never dreamed of love                              She must                                    Huh, huh, huh

Is love illusory?                                                       Dream of me…

 

 

The Dreamer leads or pushes the Dream Characters, including the Steed, off the stage, his “huh, huh, huh” punctuating the other singing.  Then the Dreamer climbs back in his tree. The Young Woman goes to sleep. A moment of silence, then Hero makes an appeal to the moon.

 

Moon:                                                                        Hero:

                                                                                   Moon! She must dream of me!

I can arrange that but

You must free my brother’s Steed

                                                                                   What do you mean?

Every night you fight and conquer

The Steed –

A nice heroic dream –

                                                                                   Dreamer:

                                                                                   Huh, huh, huh

But when night is dark

And I become New Moon

You must not fight the Steed                                 Hero:

But yield to him -                                                      Yield?

Yield and free him

Then love is what she’ll feel

…she will feel                                                           Yield?                                             Steed (returning):

                                                                                                                                            He’ll never do it

                                                                                                                                            He won’t give me up

                                                                                                                                            Listen, Hero,

                                                                                                                                            There’s more

                                                                                                                                            More you can do

                                                                                  You’re wrong!                                 Your thunder’s strong

                                                                                                                                            You don’t need me

                                                                                  You’re wrong!                                 Your thunder’s strong

                                                                                                                                            You don’t need me

                                                                                                                                            To fight more battles

                                                                                                                                            Use your thunder

                                                                                                                                            To tidy your world

You see?                                                                  What do you mean?                       You don’t need me

Unsaddle that dream,                                                                                                     To fight your battles

That Steed’s not yours

He’s my brother’s                                                  Oh, my Love,

Free him                                                                                                                            You don’t need me.

Yield and free him

And your Love will dream of you.                      How can I get to you!

 

 

                                                                                  Dreamer:

                                                                                  Huh, huh, huh.

 

 

Suddenly all singing and motion stop.  Moon takes off her white cape and becomes the dark New Moon.

 

Moon:

Hero, the night is dark all night

Hero, the time is NOW.                                       Hero (mesmerized):

                                                                                I-must-free

                                                                                The Steed of the Sky

                                                                                Under this-New-Moon

                                                                                                                                            Steed:

                                                                                                                                            Fight, fight, Hero

                                                                                                                                            Ha, ha, ha! You do not

                                                                                                                                            Have the courage

                                                                                                                                            To yield.

                                                               Hero’s urge to fight is strong, but -

                                                                                Hero:

                                                                                Ahhh! I yield! You’re free!

 

Immediately the Steed drops to his knees and leads Hero to the other side of the stage to the Young Woman.

 

 

Young Woman:                                                     Hero:

What is this new dream                                     Ah, Love, you may dream

Come to me                                                         Come to me

Under the silver mist of stars                            Under the silver mist of stars

This wild fragrance of night blooms                 …wild fragrance of night blooms

Is it the embrace of the new moon?                 I embrace you in the new moon

What is this new dream?                                    I am your new dream!

 

During a pause in the lovers’ duet, the Dreamer comes upstage, casts off his cloak and mask, and bows to the Steed.  We see that the Dreamer is a very old man.

 

                                                                               Dreamer:

                                                                               Noble friend, Steed of the Sky,

                                                                               Let’s go home.

 

                                                                             They leave/rise to the sky, unnoticed by the Hero and the Young Woman.

 

 

Young Woman and Hero:                                    Dream Characters (returning, separating the lovers):

Who has not dreamed

Will surely dream tonight-                                Kai, kai, kai

Bold stars

And all these fragrant blooms -                       Dark and fragrant Moon!

 

Soon the Dream Characters swarm around the Young Woman, trying to give her nightmares.  Hero runs to her rescue, but they crowd him out.  Looking around for aid, he sees the abandoned cloak and mask on the upstage floor, puts them on, and waves the Dream Characters off the stage.  Young Woman gently falls asleep.

 

But Hero finds he cannot remove the Dreamer’s cape or mask, nor can he sing in words.

 

Hero:

Huh, huh, huh.

Huh, huh.

 

Hero slowly climbs up the Dreamer’s tree and sits, his arm bent over his masked face.  Dawn breaks.

 

Moon:

Hero,

You are my brother now

Dream now

Dream and your dreams will become my tears

 

My tears

make your dreams bloom                                          Hero:

Illumining the deepest you…                                     Huh, huh, huh…

 

Without me there’s no water

Rhythm, tides, or moods –

Dragon fruit, night lilies,

Or green ribbon ringlets                                             Huh…

Of evening dew.

                                                                                        Huh.

 

 

                                                               The End.                                                                                                                 

                  

 

 

                                                  

 

Reflections of a New Moon