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Plays, Scripts and Photos

The following are theater companies and individual works for theater performances created from 1967 to the present. While The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company was the most sustained concentration of ritual theater energies and displays of dramatic poetry, later occasional productions have maintained some aspects of The Floating Lotus mystique/technique, and where scripts are not represented, photographs show some of the resulting effects. A final note provides an historical perspective.

 

Click on titles or photos for more information on the plays. To read a note on Theater, click here.

PLAYS, SCRIPTS AND PHOTOS

The Walls are Running Blood

Bliss Apocalpyse

The Stonecutter's Dream

Tayyad Sultan

The City of Sokku

Meeting in Mecca

The Mystical Romance of Layla & Majnun

 

 
 

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THE FLOATING LOTUS MAGIC OPERA COMPANY

The Walls are Running Blood, 1967

Floating Lotus Set

      "From this glass house of Earth I have made my journey
      on crystalline backs of a trillion existences
      out through the burning hoops at the end of these eyes
      where ancient sighs revolve in wheels of space!"

• • •

Floating Lotus Frieze from Bliss Apocalypse

Bliss Apocalpyse, 1968

"O Cave of Enlightenment, open, ARISE!
O Spark of Consciousness, ignite, ARISE!
O Mind of Man, rise to the divine size of this Planet!"


PLAYS FOR DAR AL-ISLAM SCHOOL IN ABIQUIU,
NEW MEXICO

The Stonecutter's Dream, 1988

Frame of Stonecutter Silhouette

      "Once upon a time, I mutter,
      Lived a lady Stonecutter
      Who worked at grueling work all day
      For long hours and puny pay.
      Her job: to cut stones from a rock
      With pick and hammer, and to knock
      Small stones into shapes more like bricks
      To make walls of houses, thick
      Or thin, or walls along
      A road you might stroll full of song.
      But this stonecutter’s moans
      Reached the distant-most ozones.
      She wasn’t happy, not at all,
      She whined with every pickax fall,
      She swung and as her pickax struck
      She wailed and wheezed like a pickup truck!"

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The Setting Free of The Blind Princess of Zar, 1989

      "Nothing that we see is what it seems.
      The things around us live in blissful dreams.
      This tunnel is the insides of our lungs
      with each breath climbing as up ladder-rungs
      from earth to sky, then higher to the Throne
      that we can never reach, but just Allah alone
      who bestows on us His light--
      that's what gives us sight!"


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