Small Craft Warnings
SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS
2008/ White Horse Theater Company (Artistic Director: Cyndy A. Marion)
A play by Tennessee Williams
Original Incidental Music Score by Joe Gianono
Small Craft Warnings is a play that centers on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California. It might be thought of as an analogy between a maritime term and the sometimes perilous or fragile nature of people's lives, especially these 9 lives. Unfortunately the players are people, not cats. Once they hit the rocks there aren't many second chances. The two-fold meaning of the title is manifested in musical terms throughout the piece starting with the choice of instruments, viola and piano.
The main 4- note theme played by the piano at the beginning, represents the 4 syllables of the title. Following the statement of the main theme are 2 variations, which add up to 9 notes representing the 9 characters of the play. The second theme played by the viola with its slow 2 note up and then, 2 notes down melody happens later in the piece and suggests a certain sense of pathos.
The viola melody with its fragile character floats endlessly over the piano accompaniment which occasionally stops and starts suggest caution. Most of the maritime imagery is incorporated into the piano accompaniment. One can sense the deceptiveness of seemingly calm waters at every turn.
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