Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio
Dragon's Egg Studio


Play Reading on July 20, August 18, September 15



Our first living room informal play reading (with tea and such) will be on

Saturday, July 20th, from 2-5.

This play has 7 characters, and the stage direction reader. The  possible assignments are below…

I have four copies.
Hopefully some of you may get copies for yourselves! We need 7 copies.

stage directions reader: Kato McNickle

Gordon, a dead man Milt Angelopoulos
Jean, a woman Jessica Cerullo
The Other Woman/The Stranger Jane Pearson
Hermia, Gordon’s widow Meg Lyons. Confirmed, may leave early
Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon’s mother Sandy Laub
Dwight, Gordon’s brother Christie Williams

I look forward to seeing you!!

Our Next time I anticipate having on August 18
On that day, we shall read Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill – with many characters, lots of cross gender casting, and some repeated casting Act 1 to Act 2, in different times.

Please let me know if you are able to be a part of this second date, as well! and if the 18th works for you, 2-5 pm.

I am looking at Sept 15th for our next play reading date. Might that work for you?

xo marya

The incredible lightness of being, with some events


Painting of Beast Barn by Gus Miller

As you probably know, the Beast Barn burned to the ground on
3/24. The Egg was severely damaged, and will be closed
through spring 2025. Meanwhile, Marya will be performing,
Beasts will be roving; we shall have monthly living room
play readings, and local and online events.


Dan sculp from jen window

8/31-9/28: Hygienic Art, 79 Bank St., New London, Ct.
Work by Eva Leong, Gus Miller, Janvier Miller, and Dan Potter,
Curated by Marya. Opening: 8/31: 6-9 pm



NYC: 9/21/2024, at 2:00 pm: Dragon’s Egg Presents!
at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge, NYC, 10002.
Tickets $20; Contact mybeasts@aol.com for tickets/reservation.


Anabellalenzu swing

Performers: Alison Cook Beatty, Clare Byrne (Celestials),
Stroller Scene, TINATA, Ara Fitzgerald, Haus of Glitter, Morgan Griffin,
Anabella Lenzu, Catherine Messina, Garet Wierdsma, Andrea Ward,
With LD Kelley as the Stage Manager, Marya as MC/organizer.

For information regarding the Egg,
or to book a performance by the Mystic Paper Beasts,
please contact Marya: mybeasts@aol.com
Credit: painting by Gustaf Miller, 2023

Play Reading of Dead Man’s Cell Phone

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Our first living room informal play reading (with tea and such) will be on 
Saturday, July 20th, from 2-5.   Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

A number of interested readers have responded they would like to be a part of the reading.
This play has 7 characters, and the stage direction reader; here are the work- in- progress cast assignments…  I ordered four copies of the play, and hopefully others will bring their own. 

stage directions reader:                 Kato McNickle

Gordon, a dead man                      Milt Angelopoulos
Jean, a woman                              Jessica Cerullo
The Other Woman/The Stranger  Jane Pearson
Hermia, Gordon’s widow                Meg Lyons. Confirmed, may leave early
Mrs. Gottlieb, Gordon’s mother      Sandy Laub
Dwight, Gordon’s brother               Christie Williams

I look forward to seeing you!!


Our Next time I anticipate having on August 17 or 18, preferably on the 18th, from 2-5, as we shall just be back on the 16th from a trip..
On that day, we shall read Cloud 9  by Caryl Churchill – with many characters, lots of cross gender casting, and some repeated casting Act 1 to Act 2, in different times.

Please let me know if you are able to be a part of this second date, as well!   and if the 18th works for you, 2-5 pm.

I am looking at Sept 15th for our next play reading date.  Might that work for you?

Contact Marya at mybeasts@aol.com

Play Readings and Tea at the Hancox House

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I am going to be hosting a series of  “living room play reading with tea” afternoons at our home at 8 Hancox Street.  If you are interested, do be in touch with me, Marya, at mybeasts@aol.com.

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I hope that these may become monthly.   We shall begin with a reading of Sara Ruhl’s “Dead Man’s Cellphone” on July 20th.  If you are interested, again, you need to be in touch with me for details!

Our next play will be Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill, likely in August.



I hope to continue these throughout the time of the Egg rebuilding, which is anticipated to take about a year.

May you be well.  May you walk in peace.

Namaste, marya

Just to keep you Updated

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Just to keep you updated: Work is proceeding apace. Because the insulation was smoke infused, it is being removed, which is a labour intensive process. My understanding is that, once mitigation is completed, the builder engaged by ServiceMaster will engage in all permits, zoning conversations, et al, and re building will begin likely in July, and they project will continue to March next year. Could take longer…
So the usual residency activities of the Egg, and the public performances and showings, and collaborations with other arts organizations in our showings, are on hold for the nonce.

Sita looking forward

I plan to initiate a series of zoom events and Living Room events.

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The concert in NYC at University Settlement is On, and will be on Sept.21 at 2 pm. It will showcase short works by 10 residents from the past year or two at the egg. More on that closer to the time.


I thank you for all your attention, support, donations.
And I send greetings and peace out into the world. May we all walk in beauty, and bless the mothers, who help to bring new thoughts and ways into the world, via their children. Let us move toward kindness.


namaste, marya

The swing survives, and on we go

Empty on April 27


The work proceeds.
You can see that the swing survives! The second one is also there. And the shower with the bas reliefs looks pretty much intact. There is a meeting with the (re) builder this week, as the work of mitigation comes to a close…
We are busily building masks, ourselves, for Marya’s upcoming show in Cambridge on May 8 – fun! I have enjoyed the intensity of the deadline process and did alot before Dan returned, and now he is also making things, and painting the story scroll. It has been difficult to find a proper scroll – this one crinkles alot, but we shall see… There are various materials we actually had to buy – like tongs for the flying bird, cheescloth, some white (fake) fur, as our accumulation of Things no longer is.
We shall likely build a pre fab shed of sorts where the Barn was, for holding masks and props. We are not that far along the rprcess yet.
And I don’t know how long the rebuilding will take.


Empty2 on April 27
Nonetheless, we are planning on Circe on July 13 at 4 pm, likely out of doors, possibly on zoom. On verra.
Magic is afoot.
Thanik you for all your love and support!
namaste, marya

The swing survives!

The swing survives

Hygienic Egg is on Sunday, April 28, at noon on zoom!


Marya MPB skyworld copy

The Hygienic Egg will be on zoom next Sunday, April 28th – celebrating women in environmentalism, or more generally, the earth (Earth Day is this Monday), and Women as the keepers of the earth.
There will be a group of poets and performers to honour the Earth.
Earth Day is Monday, April 22.

I am pasting in the link.
Please share it out and about!
I look forward to hearing our voices!

I send love, marya

Marya Ursin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Egg and Barn Fire Update



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We are surrounded by messages of love and support from all of you, from the artists of the Egg, from community, from colleagues, from friends – thank you!

And we are also surrounded by a team of professionals who are generous with their time and expertise – the fire department, the insurance companies, the team of people involved in clean up, removal, repair, restoration.   We have engaged Servicemaster by Mason, in Westerly, for this latter work.   The second level is cleared out of debris, rubble, and contents.

Second level is clear

We do not yet know of a settled cause for the fire, though it was probably electrical, in the Barn.   This will come.

We do not yet have an estimate for coverage for the damage from the insurance company – this will come.

We have submitted for the burned car and it was deemed a total loss.  That payment has been already issued.

Mini cooper

Personal contents: I am going to my home insurance for massage and yoga supplies.  Others who were teaching or students for Sonder body mind centering at the Egg, at the Egg, at the time of the fire, have also been told to go to their own insurance companies, and then, after they have run that route, to come to the Egg insurance.

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Yoga thicker blocks


It is a process.   There is much loss, and much lightness.   We can dance in the sky!

And keep our fire in the fireplace!

Fire in fireplace


We see the moon, and can look via a camera obscura nifty box at the eclipse.


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And we go on.

We wish you well!

Happy April, namaste, marya, for the Beasts and the Egg.  May colors abound!

Coloured eggs


Fire at the Beast Barn and Dragon’s Egg

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The Beast Barn is cinders.

 I just wanted to let you know that all classes, events, residencies, at the Egg will need to be postponed for the next few weeks, maybe months.
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There was a strong fire Sunday, March 24th, afternoon. The Beast Barn is gone, utterly, and Dan’s car a husk.
 The side and front of the Egg suffered quite a bit of damage, but it is reparable. The interior is a mess, and most everything will need to be trashed.  Walls and floors will need to be replaced.  

The Egg, thus, cannot be used for now, for the next however long.


Dragon s egg interior 2

We have had to board it up to prevent further weather and critter damage.  The place is generally off limits, and has yellow tape at the end of the driveway.

Dragon s egg interior 1

 It will take time, one step at a time.
 As the Chinese proverb says: “My barn burned down. Now I can see the moon.”
 Well, it is no longer a metaphor!


Boddhisattva avalokiteshwara in water moon form 11th c China Met
No one was hurt, and the damages will hopefully be recouped.
 Breathing in peace…
I send love, marya

Nicky Checker and Local Playwrights at the Egg!

Nicky playwrights

On Saturday, Jan. 20th, there was a performance of “Exploratory Playwriting”.  

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The program featured scripts deemed “One Character Wonders” from classes taught by Nicholas Checker at the Thames Club in New London, in coordination with the Garde Arts Center and Flock MakerSpace.  Each script presented an emotions tour de force in which a single character, caught in a state of angst, struggled with the source of that angst, and finally resolves it, for better or worse, while speaking directly to the audience.  

Playwrights included in the presentation were: Henry Stebbines, Jr., David Hamilton, Jo Ann Gallant Brown, Ellen Dahl, Peter Yackovetsky, Thelma Marie Waterman, Pam Barber, and were self performed, or performed by actors Adriana Medina, Darla Allen, Jo Ann Galat Brown.

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The event was well attended and warmly received.   Nicky hosted a party afterwards for one and all.