A Double Helix

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A Double Helix is a non-linear work elaborating the inescapability of heredity. It follows the protagonist through four of her formative years during WW II, 24 hours of her wedding day, and in real time as she prepares food. The plot moves through the intercutting of the dramatic action, with commentary on people as biological mechanisms. A five-year-old child becomes the vehicle for comprehending the unequivocal stupidity of humankind, the species that is quintessentially both victim and victimizer of itself. It can be seen as a collage, with the different stages of its main character's life presented simultaneously and refracted through the surrounding characters. The embryonic form of A Double Helix emerged at Studio Re-Cher-Chez for Avant-garde Art (a laboratory for new work established by Mabu Mines), evolved into a stage-worthy work, and was awarded the Artists Fellowship Award in Playwriting/Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Format: Full Length
Cast Size: 3W,2M
Character breakdown

The Producer, I
Bride
Renee
Mother
Rabbi A
Rabbi B Father Francesca Arian Husband Claudia
Jewish Husband Oma
Opa
Ustashi Soldier 1 Ustashi Soldier 2 White Coat
Nazi Officer
Woman with a bad wig Italian Officer
Italian Peasant
Costa
Priest
Dr. Roth
Yugoslav Peasant
Nazi Soldier 1
Nazi Soldier 2 Commissar
Partisan A
Partisan B
Groom
Characters:
With the exception of The Producer, I, Renee, Mother and Bride, actors will portray numerous roles.

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Rina W Elisha, DOB April 5 1936

Date of authorship: 1998

Original Source Material: Original work
Nationality of Author: |
Original Language: English
Production Rights Holder:

Rina W Elisha

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