A Musical in Five Continuous Acts
FEAR – JOY – ACTION – VISION - MISSION
HUMANITY’S CHILD is a contemporary musical that draws on the literary tradition known as magical realism, an approach that offers a realistic view of the world while adding “magical” elements but presented in an otherwise real-world context. As the play opens we meet Sara, aka Humanity’s Child, in a context” familiar to everyone...a bedroom. She sleeps but is awakened from her dreams only to find herself in a nightmare.
ACT I: FEAR: Sara wakes from a nightmare, revealing her deepest fears. She is afraid and her cries are heard deep within her sub-conscious by Vox, Sara’s childhood “invisible friend” who returns to consciousness in this time of fear and distress. Together they encounter demons and evil-spirits and are harassed by “The Boogieman.” Overwhelmed, Sara wonders, “Should I pray, or just go to sleep in my bed.”
ACT II: JOY: Vox encourages Sara to “Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world...” (quoting Philosopher Joseph Campbell) and she reminds Sara who she stands for- Humanity’s Children, and who she is - Humanity’s Child! Sara acknowledges her deep desire for liberty and freedom while, at the same time, also wanting assurances of safety and security.
In ACT III: ACTION: Sara, Vox, and the Players speak up in solidarity with real-world survivors. Sara has bonded with other young people but worries about tomorrow...who will help her “carry on.”
In ACT IV: VISION: the “magical” fully overtakes the “realism” as act IV commences and Sara is embraced within the “Circle of Life.” But soon, the needs of the real Sara come back into focus. She must wake from her dreams and nightmares to face the world. Vox reminds Sara of her personal strength and resilience, but just as it seems Sara is “safe,” The Boogieman returns with a vicious attack.
In ACT V: MISSION: Acknowledging the reality that evil will persist, Sara refuses to capitulate, comparing herself to “the Phoenix” arising from the ashes. Having, at last, fully discovered her personal strength within her dreams, Sara fears to wake and Vox will be gone, once more a buried childhood memory. Vox assures Sara that she will always be with and within her, encouraging Sara to call on her Spirit for guidance and support. With that, Sara’s “magical” journey comes to an end as Humanity’s Children carry on. “Realism” and reality are once again dominant as Sara, Vox and the Humanity’s Children complete the transformation from “fear,” to “joy,” to “action,” to “vision,” and to “mission.”