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Located on Cowell's beach, adjacent to the wharf and historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the iconic Dream Inn has been the destination in Santa Cruz for 50 years. Ideal for exploring Santa Cruz with views of Monterey Bay from every room.
Scene One / Deanna -The Wreck When I was a little girl my mother didn't read me fairy tales about knights in shining armor who save the little princess - no. instead, she recited for me, by heart the "Wreck of the Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In The Wreck, Deanna weaves together the classic poem of a terrible shipwreck with her family's tragedy that caused more than one wreck. Deanna's Physical acting and dialog stays true to the classic, old time style of this Longfellow masterpiece with its nervous energy and rhythms and it sonorous word sounds, while she seamlessly interjects scathing moments of truth focused around an out of control father and bent on domination, just as the sea dominated the Hesperus and the Captain dominated his ship - or so he thought... Scene Two / Peter - Show me the way to Jolly Roger's Comedy about a little boy growing up catholic with four sisters, a mother who was a force of nature and a father who struggled to keep up 'cause he had a passive feminine/creative essence, till he couldn't take it anymore?!. Mother wielded the true power. Child Peter is doing his best trying hold on to sanity in this chaotic first generation Sicilian family fiercely climbing the acculturation ladder in Mineola NY. Peter is surrounded by scary aunts who pinch and pull on his cheek for not good reason, (or maybe it's that errant Sadistic Sicilian gene), grandmas who smelled like talcum, garlic, and olive oil and who have buried three husbands each (hmmm?), and refuse to learn English, loud brutish men who sit around the kitchen table drinking red jug wine and arguing viciously for hours on end in and 2 languages, (actually three if your throw in the Sicilian dialect), like some mad twisted macho bravado party. Their mouths were making a lot of bets their reality can't cash. Peter becomes caught in tragically funny situation after situation, as the 5th child, Not just the 5th child but a boy who shows up 7 years after 4 girls are born in the span of 5 & 1/2 years. Yeah... OOPS! nuff said. Scene Three / Peter & Deanna - Two lost kids grow up - can they find their way back home? Should they even try? A love story portrayed with humor, empathy, confusion, vulnerability, grit, gall, grunt, music, and dance. Peter Giordano and Deanna Anderson have spent their lives dancing with their demons and running from their better angels. Now the Santa Cruz Fringe creates yet another opportunity to bring all manner of corrupted, co-opted, convoluted storytelling to a yet another innocent, unsuspecting and yes, captive audience. Peter Giordano is a multimedia artist who rides the power of music, words, gesture and images into the nooks and crannies of the stories to be told. Peter's work in expressive and media arts include 12 years in LA working for Disney, Universal, and Landmark as a multimedia producer, director and writer. Now Peter directs StoryTeller Project, an arts and education nonprofit that uses the expressive and media arts to serve special populations, and under resourced youth. When he's lucky he gets to share the stage with his partner Deanna Anderson. Deanna Anderson is an award winning actor, playwright, dancer, movement educator, and community arts facilitator. She teaches at Stanford University, the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement in Menlo Park, and is a performer, teacher and expressive arts program director for StoryTeller Project.