The Dragon Griswynd

By Carrie Robbins
Directed by Joseph R. Sicari
September 6 – September 16

A lone dragon, millennia old, last of his kind on earth, fire-breathing capacities down to barely a puff, lives in a burned-out volcano. He is Griswynd. The Humans have damaged Earth beyond repair, and those who could, have fled to a new planet, which they’ve named EarthAgain. Unbeknownst to Griswynd, there is a second creature hovering in the shadows of the Dragon’s Lair. T22EA-M (Tech 22 Explorer Android-Male), also known as “Frank,” is they’re studying the behavior of The Last Dragon on Earth. Suddenly in the sky, a silver orb chugs into view. The vehicle lands on a nearby hillock. T22EA-F (Tech 22 Explorer Android-Female), also known as “Marcia,” appears from the ship.

She’s come to get souvenir snapshots and to escort her fellow android back to EarthAgain. Griswynd, desperately lonely, wants to go with them, but they refuse to take him. Indelicately, the toned androids tell him he’s “too big;” their vehicle just won’t accommodate him. Griswynd attempts to prolong their stay. He proposes a game of Chess: “The Game of Kings and Dragons.” He recites a story written in “Dragonich” (Iambic Octameter). Each attempt intrigues the Robots. But nothing convinces them to stay or to take the old Dragon with them. In a rare moment of Android compassion, they offer to clone his D.N.A as a curiosity for the repatriated Earthlings. Rejected, Griswynd refuses the cloning and wishes his mechanical guests a safe trip back to their new home. Once again, Griswynd is alone. He retrieves an ancient diary he’s been keeping. What unfolds in Dragon Griswynd’s diary entry are the private musings of a once powerful being now facing mortality: his own and his beloved Earth’s.

“The Dragon Griswynd” is a sly, playful, and poignant meditation on loss and loneliness … the loneliness that comes with old age, the loss that comes with old fangs and weak wings. And the loss of a “planetful” of cultures, an artifact of which Griswynd has packed up to take with him. But there’s also the surprising optimism inherent in “Dragon DNA,” an indomitable uncrushable spirit. (Check out any octogenarian you know. You’ll see.)

Theater for the New City’s: Community Theater
Thursday: September 6, 6:30pm
Saturday: September 8, 3:30pm
Saturday: September 8, 8pm
Wednesday: September 12, 6:30pm
Friday: September 14, 9pm
Saturday: September 15, 3:30pm
Saturday: September 15, 8pm
Sunday: September 16, 3:30pm