Conceived and Directed by Jessica Brater
Produced by Catherine Wallach with Polybe + Seats
Written by Katya Schapiro and Libby Emmons with the company
Presented April - May 2010
Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Contributing Writers Avi Glickstein, Elaine O'Brien, and Natasha Warner in collaboration with the director and cast
Set, prop, and puppet design by Eli Kaplan-Wildmann
Lighting design by Natalie Robin
Costume design by Bevan Dunbar
Original music and sound design by Jason Binnick
Dramaturgy by Stacey Cooper McMath and Miriam Felton-Dansky
Choreography by Lindsay Torrey
Stage Manager Ai Ling Loo assisted by Gwendolyn McKenzie
Production Support by Donald Butchko and Avi Glickstein

Featuring Carmel Amit, Jenni Lerche, Elaine O'Brien, Sarah
Sakaan, Eugene Michael Santiago, Hilary Thomas, and Ari Vigoda

With additional text by Rachel Carson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
Anna Cummins, Henrik Ibsen, Captain Charles Moore, Claire Nouvian,
Taro Takahashi, and William Shakespeare

For Production Photos, Click Here (credits Howard Wallach, Eli Kaplan-Wilmann, Natalie Robin)


A man floats on the open ocean, clinging to his best friend - an ever-shrinking bit of iceberg. He gazes below the surface of the water and thinks he sees ... mermaids performing Ibsen's Lady from the Sea?

Elsewhere, a salty sea captain shuttles back and forth from the miles-wide vortex in the North Central Pacific known as the Garbage Patch, delivering messages in bottles and smuggling the impossible. Elsewhere still, a marooned sea creature rants and a strange disease is spreading. All will collide in a mythic place called Florida.

In development for three years, the company created a floating fantasia on board a docked barge on Brooklyn's historic Red Hook waterfront.  We were inspired by the Weeki Wachee Springs Park, the Algalita Marine Research Institute, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the North Central Pacific Garbage Gyre, and the rich history of mankind's fascination with the sea, as inscribed in mythology and literature. With set and props constructed primarily from recycled, reclaimed, and repurposed plastics.  Our production coincided with Earth Day's 20th annual celebration in April 2010.

Read the press at and the Village Voice and Gothamist and the Huffington Post and Theatre Knights (& Daze). Download PDFs from The Brooklyn Rail here: Waterlogged in Red Hook and Saving Their Tales