EXTRAORDINARY HERO  "....inspired by
The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell," is a theatrical work in 
FOUR VERSIONS designed to accommodate a wide range of performance options. 

 

 

THE PLAY: A fully dramatic presentation with three actors as: Joseph, Sara, and Vox.
 

THE PLAY with SONGS: A combo presentation featuring 12 original songs
with three actor/singers as: Joseph, Sara, and Vox.

 

THE MUSICAL: A full musical expanding on the “Play with Songs” in which
Joseph, Sara, and Vox are joined by a “chorus line" of  (or more) “Allies”
in a score with all the traditional elements: Overture, Production Numbers,
Choreography,Orchestrations, and of course, original music.

 

THE ALBUM: The songs, the orchestral ballets, even the SFX
carry on the story through the lyrics and cinematic orchestrations.

 


 

INTRODUCTION

 

EXTRAORDINARY HEROS: In common conceptions, “heroes” are anything but “ordinary,” that is defined as “normal, and commonplace.” Heroes are willing to rush into a burning building, jump into a raging river, or engage a terrorist wielding an AR-15 assault weapon to save a stranger thus, we submit, all heroes are “extra-ordinary.” Heroic action in the ordinary world is not commonplace, or normal, or ordinary...most people would not do these things when actually faced with dangerous situations. But not all dangerous situations take place in the outer world; in fact, our minds are constant battlegrounds as we deal with the barrage of emotions the “real world” inflicts on us daily. And so, we ask our audiences to consider a different kind of hero, an otherwise “ordinary person” when terrorized by her deepest fears, anxieties, dreads and distresses, finds the courage to face them with the help of Joseph, The Mentor. All human beings, at one point or another, experience fear, anxiety, and dread, along with a cocktail of other distressing emotions.  It takes a lot of courage to face our inner demons, our personal Boogieman. It takes strength, bravery, resilience to endure the dangers of our inner world while still trying to make sense of the outer world.  In other words, it takes a personal "extraordinay hero.”

 

THE MUSIC: Our score is heavily influenced by contemporary cinematic composition and the orchestrations are expansive in the manner of “The Hollywood Soundstage Orchestra.” 

 

THE SETTING: EXTRAORDINARY HERO takes place in a very unusual setting.  Unlike most plays and musicals that are set in a specific place, “real” (In the Heights) or “fictional” (The Land of Oz), our drama is set in the dreams of the principle character, Sara. And, unlike most plays and musicals that are set in a specific time (Hamilton, The Sound of Music); ours is set at any time: yesterday, today or tomorrow.

 

THE STRUCTURE
 

EXTRAORDINARY HERO is build on “The Monomyth,” a common story structure shared by cultures worldwide, in which a character ventures into dangerous territory to learn something they need to know. Facing conflict and adversity, the hero ultimately triumphs before returning home, transformed. The monopmyth is frequently devided in three major events.

  • The Departure Act: the Hero leaves the Ordinary World.
  • The Initiation Act: the Hero ventures into unknown territory (the " Special World ") and is birthed into a true champion through various trials and challenges.
  • The Return Act: the Hero returns with a boon or benefit to the world.

 

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CONTACT: Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, Composer/playwright at drjackmct@gmail.com for additional information.

 

 

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