In 2015 over a half million refugees, most fleeing the war in Syria, passed through a small fishing village on the island of Lesvos, Greece. It’s a year later; the villagers are gathered for a festival in a taverna near the shore and stories of the crisis unfold in many forms.
This unique theater piece incorporates movement, characters, storytelling, music and features a multi-talented ensemble of ten actors working in both traditional and physical theater styles.
Sarah Albertson, Robin Aronson, John Ehab, Noelle Ehab, Rahma Ehad, Barbara Evans, Larissa Garcia Erin Johnson, Elaina Lammam, Julie Oak, Sam Ritchie,
Mark Bradlyn (Oud & Bouzouki, Peter Cor (keyboard),
Sarah Michael (Qanun).
The extraordinary response of the people of Lesvos inspired the nomination of a grandmother and a fisherman for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The characters you meet in Mermaid Madonna and the words they speak are drawn from personal and media interviews with both Greeks and Syrians who were caught in the crisis of 2015. Please explore our website to meet the Heroes of Lesvos.