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May Day! May Day!

May Day! For the Earth,  a zoom event:  Dragon’s Egg Presents
May 1st at 1 pm.

Our May Day project will focus on the language of the Earth, the language of the trees, the under and the overstory, the call for reversing the direction the many societies of the world have been taking for too many years, first unknowingly, now knowingly.   We have looked at the Overstory, by Richard Powers, and related ideas, for this event. 

We shall have this Zoom Event
on May Day, May 1st, at 1 pm,
because that is the international call for emergency, May Day!  May Day!
(please email Marya for the zoom link)

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The working Programme

Overseeing Overstories by Dan Potter.
A poem to be read 
using a mask now and then
in twelve parts
very brief
using recent experiences in Costa Rica
to enter new understanding
of the overstory.

Hanji Hope shadow puppet video by Flock Theatre/Derron Wood

“Trees, Angels, Elephants & More” and maybe another tree poem, by Margaret Gibson

“Tree Speak”
Image and title Clare Byrne and Ara Fitzgerald 
Improvised today by Ara Fitzgerald 

Two poems: “White Petals”. And “A Man Sets Himself on Fire.” by Laurie Gorham.

“Flipbook” – a hooping piece by Serena Judge.
Music is Bloom by Faodail

“Curses, Fueled Again” with some borrowed Biblical wording about thorns and brambles, by Jane Johnson

Barb Mahler. This is hoW it haPPened 
music: Bartok’s sonata for solo violin 117 Meladia
On Vimeo

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Bios: 

Ara Fitzgerald creates dance/theatre as a choreographer, writer, improvisor and performer. 
Current projects include appearances as The Ghost of P.T. Barnum in The Invisible Circus of the Present Tense, and a book of her scripts and drawings, Slow Dancing Is Easy. She is proud to be a member of the Board of The Mystic Paper Beasts. arafitzgerald.com

Flock Theatre is a professional theatre company based in New London, CT. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, modern classics such as Eugene O’Neill, puppet pieces, teaching in schools, or conducting their annual Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre.

Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut, has published 13 books of poems, most recently The Glass Globe, the third book in a trilogy that includes Broken Cup and Not Hearing the Wood Thrush. AWARDS: The Lamont Selection, Melville Kane Award, Connecticut Book Award. She was a Finalist for the National Book Award, 1993, and for the Poets’ Prize, 2016. With a grant from the Academy of American Poets, she edited an anthology, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis. Visit her website at

Marta Renzi at the Egg

Marta Renzi and Dancers at the Egg!!

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Marta Renzi, Nyack-based choreographer and filmmaker,
will be joined by 3 dance artists from Rhode Island:
Crespo Rosario, Alexis Van Maluski and Brooklyn Toli
(pictured at right)
in the film Through Mabel’s Eyes.
Their residency will be the first steps in the creation of a new work that will likely be filmed and live.
Wish us luck.
Learn more at http://martarenzi.blogspot.com.

May Day! The Programme

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Yupik Mask

May Day! For the Earth,  a zoom event:  Dragon’s Egg Presents
May 1st at 1 pm.

Our May Day project will focus on the language of the Earth, the language of the trees, the under and the overstory, the call for reversing the direction the many societies of the world have been taking for too many years, first unknowingly, now knowingly.   We have looked at the Overstory, by Richard Powers, and related ideas, for this event. 

We shall have this Zoom Event
on May Day, May 1st, at 1 pm,
because that is the international call for emergency, May Day!  May Day!

A squash and a squeeze
(a squash and a squeeze!)
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The working Programme

TREE SPEAK 
Created and performed by Clare Byrne and Ara Fitzgerald, performed by Ara
Live on zoom
An improvisation: call and response, tree-conversational. (possibly playful)

Two poems: “White Petals”. And “A Man Sets Himself on Fire.” by Laurie Gorham.

“Curses, Fueled Again” with some borrowed Biblical wording about thorns and brambles, by Jane Johnson

Hooping piece by Serena Judge. (Title?)

Hanji Hope video by Flock Theatre/Derron Wood

Overseeing Overstories by Dan Potter.
A poem to be read 
using a mask now and then
in twelve parts
very brief
using recent experiences in Costa Rica
to enter new understanding
of the overstory.

Barb Mahler. This is hoW it haPPened 
music: Bartok’s sonata for solo violin 117 Meladia
On Vimeo

“Trees, Angels, Elephants & More” and maybe another tree poem, by Margaret Gibson

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Bios: 

Byrne is a dancer-and-choreographer-turned-singer-songwriter who has lived, performed and taught in New York City, and Burlington, VT.  She now calls Guilford, CT home. Her debut double LP Celestials was released in 2019: www.celestials.me. She is currently working on a live album project, and is also beginning a Masters in Religion and Music at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. More info can be found at: www.clarebyrnemusic.com

Ara Fitzgerald creates dance/theatre as a choreographer, writer, improvisor and performer. 
Current projects include appearances as The Ghost of P.T. Barnum in The Invisible Circus of the Present Tense, and a book of her scripts and drawings, Slow Dancing Is Easy. She is proud to be a member of the Board of The Mystic Paper Beasts. arafitzgerald.com

Flock Theatre is a professional theatre company based in New London, CT. Whether working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, modern classics such as Eugene O’Neill, puppet pieces, teaching in schools, or conducting their annual Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theatre.

Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate of Connecticut, has published 13 books of poems, most recently The Glass Globe, the third book in a trilogy that includes Broken Cup and Not Hearing the Wood Thrush. AWARDS: The Lamont Selection, Melville Kane Award, Connecticut Book Award. She was a Finalist for the National Book Award, 1993, and for the Poets’ Prize, 2016. With a grant from the Academy of American Poets, she edited an anthology, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis. Visit her website at
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May Day! May Day!! Dragon’s Egg Presents

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May Day! May Day!! For the Earth,  a zoom event:  Dragon’s Egg Presents
May 1st at 1 pm.

Our May Day project will focus on the language of the Earth, the language of the trees, the under and the overstory, the call for reversing the direction the many societies of the world have been taking for too many years, first unknowingly, now knowingly.   We have looked at the Overstory, by Richard Powers, and related ideas, for this event. 

We shall have this Zoom Event
on May Day, May 1st, at 1 pm,
because that is the international call for emergency, May Day!  May Day!

Marya Ursin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Earth Day – May Day
Time: May 1, 2022 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87114001411?pwd=Q3g2QVZBalQ3VDh2ei9OaW5aL3l4Zz09

Meeting ID: 871 1400 1411
Passcode: 533581

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BOM DIGGS at the Egg

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BOM DIGGS created a 35 minute work to premier in NYC on May 7th at the Dragon’s Egg this month.

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We are grateful for the concentrated process in Connecticut to isolate our ideas for the piece.

Our group consists of 6 dancers/collaborators and a sound engineer to be producing live tracks during the show.

“Tunnel Vision’ considers the millennial and Gen Z culture of iPhones, what’s valued in social media, and how much we rely on it.

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Nicky Checker playwrighting students at the Egg!

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LIVE, ONE-CHARACTER-WONDER PERFORMANCES AT THE DRAGON’S EGG

Scripts written and performed by adult students (and actors) from Nicholas Checker’s Exploratory Playwriting & Filming program — held at the Thames Club, New London and in coordination with the Garde Arts Center & Flock MakerSpace — will be performed live at the Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Rd, Ledyard CT, Saturday, April 30th, 2:30 PM.

Come see a young woman damaged by the cosmetic industry, a disgruntled alien seeking a planet that has not been ruined, a troubled woman questioning the man in her life, a disenchanted youth bemoaning the foster care system, a viking warrior defying his gods, a delusional man fighting his own delusions, and an aging “wolf” lamenting his time left.

Writers include Ellen Dahl, Henry Stebbins, JoAnn Brown, Thelma Waterman, David Hamilton, Matt Olson, Peter Yackovetsky.

Admission is free, but donations of any amount will go toward future special events at the Dragon’s Egg. Thank you Marya Ursin & Dan Potter! More info, 860-444-8711.

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Marya a part of the RAISE training

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I am excited to have been selected to be a part of the RAISE education program, offered via Young Audiences. I am on the roster of Young Audiences Mass, but this is a national thing, and I had to apply, and am thrilled to be included. It focuses on SELs: Social and Emotional Learning.. It is a five year online training. One year at a time. 50 hours this season.

It will support the work encouraged by the two grants we received from Ct. as well.
So, it begins tomorrow. A very interesting cohort from all over the country. All artists, performing and teaching.

Wow!

Three Grants Awarded to the MPB/Dragon’sEgg!

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Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company/ Dragon’s Egg
8 Hancox Street, Stonington, Ct. 06378
860 535 3346; mybeasts@aol.com
www.dragonseggstudio.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Marya Ursin, Artistic Director, Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg
Phone:860-535-3346; cell: 860 444 7247 (better)
Email: mybeasts@aol.com

The Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg
Receives Three Grants!! In winter 2021/ 2022
With great gratitude

***CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities, (CTCFOSG, ) the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
(December, 2021)
And

***FY22 General Operating Support Grant \for Theaters and Performing Groups, from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts
(January, 2022)
And

***An ARPA grant from the Borough of Stonington
(February, 2022)
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We are deeply grateful for these grants. These past couple of years have been perilous times for all. These grants will allow the work of the Beasts and of the Egg to continue, in various ways.

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These grants will allow the Mystic Paper Beasts/Dragon’s Egg to continue to simply stay open! They will enable us not only to make repairs, pay bills, lay a gravel driveway – physical needs, but also to continue to offer residencies at the Dragon’s Egg to artists (mostly dancers and actors) of all ages, at all stages of their careers; to make community based theatrical work open to the public, to offer showings of work in progress, to teach workshops and classes, to offer celebrations of the arts, and of life. In Stonington, we shall be collaborating this summer for the first time with the Stonington Garden Club! with Beasts and Poets adding to the beauty and frolic of the day. We look forward to seeing you there, and at the Egg, and out and about!

The Mystic Paper Beasts is a theatre company offering masked performance for all ages – plays, rovings, workshops. It is co directed by Dan Potter and Marya Ursin

The tales told by the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company are original or traditional myths, expressed through humor and movement, in witty and whimsical handmade masks. The primary performers are Dan and Marya, both of whom are artists, writers, dancers.
These performances have delighted audiences of all ages and many nationalities, from Scotland to California, but primarily in the North East of the US, in sites such as museums, libraries, schools, festivals.

Mission of the Dragon’s Egg

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to being inclusive, to encouraging environmental consciousness within the space, and, by extension, throughout the community.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts honor the history of the land upon which it stands, land that was home to the Mohegan and to the Mashantucket Pequot indigenous peoples.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to peace and justice, and to an exploration of how we may encourage and support these values at the Egg, and in the greater world.

The Dragon’s Egg and the Mystic Paper Beasts are committed to prioritizing communities which have been underserved, locally and distantly, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities and individuals.

The Dragon’s Egg/Mystic Paper Beasts is to be used to encourage the creative development of new work, and the rehearsal of old, in dance and theatre; to foster young and old practitioners of these arts; to provide the space and time so that these may more easily be accomplished.

The Dragon’s Egg/Mystic Paper Beasts will host workshops and events to reach out to the local and wider community on issues such as the arts, the environment, and peace and justice.

The Dragon’s Egg is also to serve as a rehearsal space for the Mystic Paper Beasts,
and as a rehearsal and teaching space for related arts: (dance, theatre, yoga, mask, puppetry).

It will also be available for various other workshops and performances of a theatrical and/or spiritual dimension (e.g. poetry readings and workshops, women’s groups, peace groups, anti-racism workshops, consciousness raising gatherings, storytelling workshops, etc.), at the discretion of the board.

The space is offered with the understanding that all who use the space will do so with a sense of reverence and responsibility to the earth upon which it stands, to the actual space itself, and to the communities of which we are all a part, human, animal, bird, fish, stars, all beings.

About Connecticut Humanities
CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

About Connecticut Office of the Arts
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Borough of Stonington ARPA funds
Thank you to Jeff Callahan, Warden, and to the Board of Warden & Burgesses of the Borough of Stonington, Ct.

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We thank the CTH and the COA and the Borough of Stonington (ARPA funds), and look forward to seeing You at one of our events, or out and about, for a chat, for a mask making class, for a performance by our residents – or by you! taking pleasure and benefit from these all.

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Poets of the Heart – Dragon’s Egg Presents

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To honour Valentine’s Day, and our connections to one another through love, the Dragon’s Egg offered a zoom event on Sunday, February 13th, at 1 pm.   The event lasted about an hour, and was full of color, variety, scandal, and love! Heh.

The Poets were:
1. Dian Parker
2. Jane Johnson
3. Jean-Yves Solinga
4. Ara Fitzgerald
5. Sara Ingram
6. Serena Judge
7. Dan Potter
8. Alice Pero
9. Jude Rittenhouse
10. Lana Orphanides

We thank the poets for their love of words and images, for their love of the world, which allows these poems to flourish. We thank you, the audience, for being here to witness, and to be nourished.

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Donations are always welcome! via paypal:https://paypal.me/dragonseggstudio
Or by cheque to the Mystic Paper Beasts, 8 Hancox, Stonington, Ct. 06378.

The Dragon’s Egg continues to be able to be open to residencies and to offer both public and virtual events though your generosity, and with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, and with the support of The Ct. Humanities Council, from both of whom we have recently received grants. Without these infusions of material support, we could not continue to make and offer art out into the world.
We thank all of you.

We honor the land upon which the Dragon’s Egg sits, which was originally the homeland of the Mashintucket Pequot people.
We honor this zoom sphere of borderless community and all it offers to us.

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GREYZONE will be in residence at the Egg!

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photo by Maria Baranova

Founded by choreographer Lindy Fines and creative director Justin Fines, GREYZONE explores the transformational power of inherited movement traditions and the creation of self within community. Melding deconstructed ballet and modern dance vocabularies, visual arts, and time-based media, GREYZONE’s works for film and stage uncover non-narrative theatricality and highlight the ritual of performance.

GREYZONE’s work centers around the possibilities and limitations of classical Western dance lineages and the communities we create by generating new physical rituals as a group. The work continually asks how we might build communities that affirm and represent all the members present while lifting up the parts of our pasts that shore us up. With each process we wonder: can we simultaneously honor and reimagine traditions passed down over time? What relationships and identities will this reimagining produce?

In 2021, Lindy was a GALLIM Moving Women Artist-in-Residence, and in 2019 GREYZONE was a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography through the New York Foundation for the Arts. GREYZONE premiered ASSEMBLY at the Oklahoma International Dance Festival in August 2021 where they were hosted as the Inaugural Artist-In-Residence. ASSEMBLY was supported by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New Music USA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts (Emergency Grant), the Mayer Foundation and the Tucker Family Foundation. (grey-zone.com @greyzonenyc)

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Photo by Maria Baranova