“Scythian Stones,” a World Music Theatre piece, starts in two traditional homes with mothers and daughters. Using women’s ritual songs from two unrelated cultures, Kyrgyz (Turkic and Muslim) and Ukrainian (Slavic and Christian), the piece traces the parallel journeys of two young women from the village into the City. Here the story of the Sumerian Epic “Inanna Descent into the Great Below,” contemporary poetry, and ironic songs by Susan Hwang and Maria Sonevytsky of Debutante Hour relate the daughters’ experiences in the urban setting.
Cast Nina Matvienko (Ukrainian mother), Kenzhegul Satybaldieva (Kyrgyz mother), Ainura Kachkynbek kyzy (Kyrgyz daughter), Tonia Matvienko (Ukrainian daughter), Cecilia Arana (Moon), Susan Hwang (Denizen of the Great Below), Maria Sonevytsky (Denizen of the Great Below), Nurbek Serkebaev (Kyrgyz musician), and Julian Kytasty (Ukrainian musician.)
Directed by Virlana Tkacz and Watoku Ueno, set, light and costume design by Watoku Ueno, contemporary costumes made by Keiko Obremski, movement by Katja Kolcio, English translations by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, Kyrgyz translations by Ainura Kachkynbek kyzy and Kenzhegul Satybaldieva, script development by Virlana Tkacz, Meredith Wright and Watoku Ueno, instrumental music by Nurbek Serkebaev and Julian Kytasty.
Premiered at La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York, April 16-May 2, 2010.