PROLOGUE/BEGIN

(MUSIC. We, the Audience, are immersed in a space evoking the surface of an ANCIENT SEA just before dawn. Behind us, the sun is rising. Ahead/above: a strange, luminous indigo SKY. Many STARS. Stars SING:)

 

STARS                        EACH STAR IS A STORY

                                EACH STORY A STAR

                                WE’RE ALL STORIES UP CLOSE

                                AND WE’RE STARS FROM AFAR

                                WHEN THE SKIES FILL WITH STORIES

                                AND OUR HEARTS FILL WITH STARS

                                WE’LL BE STORIES AND STARS, CLOSE AND FAR

                                WE’LL BE STORIES AND STARS, CLOSE AND FAR

 

       (*Caption/Images—“EARTH: The Cambrian Period. 508 million years ago”)

 

                                  ASLEEP, NOT AWAKE

                                  A PLANET, A SEA

                                  A WORLD WITH NO STORIES

                                  IS WAITING TO BE

                                  BUT AS THIS WORLD WAITS

                                  IN ITS SLEEP, DOES IT DREAM?                                  

                                  COULD THIS DREAM BE A STORY?

                                  COULD THIS DREAM BE A STAR?

                                  HOW CLOSE SHALL WE LOOK—AND HOW FAR?

                                  HOW CLOSE SHALL WE LOOK—AND HOW FAR?

                                  HOW CLOSE SHALL WE LOOK—AND HOW FAR?

 

        (AND NOW, we are plunged 100 m UNDERWATER.

            We no longer see the Stars, only WATER. Transition.)

 

         (*Caption/Title—“RELLA’S CAMBRIAN DREAM”)