Plot Summary

Persephone: A Rock Ballet
Summary of Plot Elements

Act 1. Persephone, daughter of Demeter the Earth Goddess, and Zeus the God of the Sky, is starting to grow up and wants to explore life on her own, and takes the first steps away from home.
Scene 1: Demeter and Persephone start the day by helping flowers grow, feeding animals and observing the people, gods, and faeries traveling past.
Scene 2: Persephone visits her Faerie Babysitters.
Scene 3: Persephone explores her new sense of individuality and emotion.
Scene 4: Persephone engages desire and picks a flower in the dark forest, despite her Faeries urging her not to.
Scene 5: Persephone meets the Lord of the Underworld.
Scene 6: Persephone finds herself alone in the Underworld.
Scene 7: Souls, lost and confused in the Underworld, find an unexpected visitor who can help them move on.
Scene 8: Demeter, Earth Goddess, is so destroyed by the loss of her daughter Persephone, that she ignores her duty of nurturing the Earth. Life energy recedes from the world, creating the first seasonal cycle. Demeter turns to the Crone side of her nature, the Winter of the female archetype. She begs Zeus to find Persephone, but he remains detached in his archetypal male silence.
Scene 9: Demeter, now an anonymous old woman, is discovered and revived by villagers.
Scene 10: Demeter, in her decrepit state, is taken in by a family.  She is left alone with the family’s boy, to whom she decides to give the gift of enlightenment, for their generosity to her.
Scene 11: The boy’s mother comes back to the house to find her son in the fire. In her limited perception she is greatly angered.
Scene 12: Demeter reveals herself. The surprised villagers celebrate the goddess and her gift. Demeter has newfound energy, and returns to her mission.
Scene 13: Demeter travels to Zeus’s Heavenly Abode to persuade him to engage his heart in life, and to take action on finding Persephone. Zeus responds and calls his messengers on a search for his daughter.

ACT 2. Persephone embodies her autonomy and newfound identity and takes on the role of teaching others unselfish love.
Scene 1: First Messenger discovers a strange land with unique creatures. His fear is met with a message of compassion.
Scene 2: Second Messenger travels to the Faerie Realm in search of Persephone.
Scene 3: Zeus’s First Messenger returns to disclose that he did not find Persephone. Zeus reminisces and frets over the validity of his fatherhood.
Scene 4: Third Messenger, Hermes, travels to the Underworld to find Persephone.
Scene 5: Persephone is torn by the decision she must make between leaving her lover and her purpose, and staying separated from her beloved mother. Just as she once felt alone at another crossroads, she transforms yet again through the pain of change that initiates further maturity and autonomy.
Scene 6: Hades expresses his heart to Persephone, showing his love for her, and showing his cynicism. Persephone knows she must say goodbye and return to see her mother.
Scene 7: Persephone returns to Earth with Hermes. Demeter’s joy at seeing her daughter is mixed with shock and disappointment at seeing how she has changed. Persephone meets her mother’s pain of separation with compassion and empowerment.
Scene 8: Persephone reminisces how she has transformed, walks through her memories, her feelings, her life. As she travels to Earth she induces Spring, a rebirth of innocence, and her parents demand she never again leave them. Persephone taught her parents that there is never only one side–that one must integrate light and dark, love and pain, life and death, as there cannot be one without the other. When she returns to the Underworld, Hades demands that she never leave him. She imbues the same lesson into the heart of Lord of Darkness that she now finds is her real power–the integration of opposites. Persephone leads the change of seasons, the healing of schisms, the reconciliation of dualities. She is the diplomat of catharsis.

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