Book & Lyrics by Kathleen Cahill
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Water on the Moon is a love story in which four actors play the same couple, at age eighteen and forty-three. It is set in the present and in 1972, just before the end of the Vietnam War. Sandy and Jimmy are from opposite sides of the tracks, but in their garage band together they soon share dreams of stardom and a once-in-a-lifetime love. But when Jimmy is drafted for Vietnam, against Sandy’s protest, both their dreams of a musical career and a life together are destroyed. Now, 25 years later, they meet again to try and finally confront their past. Featuring seven retro rock n’ roll songs which weave throughout the play in this time-bending love story.
Water on the Moon has received readings at TheatreWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, MetroStage in Alexandria, VA, and at Barrington Stage Company in Great Barrington, MA.
The latest revision of the work was performed as a live radio play and benefit for homeless families in 2001, starring Bill Pullman, at Voice of America in Washington, DC.
Cast: 2 Women, 2 Men
SANDRA MERCURY – a singer in her forties. Big hair, big nails, big presence. (Pop Belt)
SANDY BIERNACKI – Sandra when she was eighteen. Beautiful, impulsive, petulant. (Pop Belt)
DR. J. CHARLES FINN – an astronomer in his forties with a science show on public television. Graying hair, distracted air, attractively rumpled look. (Non-singing role)
JIMMY FINN – Chuck when he was eighteen. A little too smart for his own good. (Tenor)
Music: Pop/Rock score. Accompaniment tracks available.
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Suggested Audience: Adults
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