here, a question: am i loving too much?
so writes penelope, the odyssey’s paragon of monogamy – “patient,” “faithful, “devoted.” our everywife. her life’s taken on a routine, rutted color. by morning: thread the bobbin, weave the mantle – swiftly stich with golden flash. by night: undo said stitching, protect kingdom from predatory suitors – await odysseus’ return.
and when will he return?
it’s enough to drive any domestic to spindle-pricking. odysseus - defenestrating cyclops, imploding harpies, writhing on a mast while sirens coax him to ear-gasm. penelope…the tiniest bit bitter, the tiniest bit jealous, in the tiniest bit of danger (of succumbing to victim complex?)
patient. faithful. devoted.
in dollhouse, a modern, folk opera retelling of the classic epic, we embark on an alternate odyssey as penelope considers the caffeine withdrawal of commuted co-dependency and the aching kind of growing that is “finding oneself.” told by a veritable greek chorus of modern-day incarnations, arrayed around the globe, dollhouse asks: Is there deep betrayal in choosing made moments over the institution? are the trials, losses, and stranded-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-nomadry worth the quivering moments of becoming? and can we ever go home again?
who am i, without him? what will i be? what could i. (she muses. and the muses roll their eyes.)
WE NOW HAVE A TINY LETTER!
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AND YOU WOULD MAKE ME SMALLER
SO YOU COULD GROW
I WOULD FEEL YOU GETTING TALLER
AS I'M BURIED IN THE SNOW
AND IT'S COLD UNDERGROUND
BUT I HOPE YOU CAN SEE
PERCHED ON MY BODY
CC: Says something about how we need to decide what we want to use for our about us section.
Adam: <<thinks>> Says something stupid.
CC: Says something sassy and ridiculous.
Adam: Counters with something even more ridiculous.
CC: One liner.
Adam: Laughs. Elaborates on idea.
CC: Pivots and elaborates further.
Adam: Laughs and points out that we can't use any of this. Suggests we move back to what we're supposed to be talking about. Further suggests that this always happens to us.
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