The Ocean as Mise en Scène by May Joseph
Harmattan Theater works with the sea, oceanic currents, and maritime maps. The ocean’s volatility is inherently dramatic, moody, unpredictable, and violent. Its flows and flux impose complex behavioral patterns on coastal social life. Listening to the sea and taking its full dramatic potential as the working miss en scene for dramatic storytelling is a challenging excursion into very local manifestations of waterfront life. To listen to the sea’s tales is also to harken closely to the minutiae of life lived under the shadow of the insurpassable mise en scène, the expanse of the sea itself.