May Day! The Programme

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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!)

The working Programme

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



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: 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:

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.

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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