Daedalus, a mythological MacGyver, built himself and his son Icarus wings to escape imprisonment in the great labyrinth out of wax and feathers. He told his son not to fly too close to the sea, or the feathers would dampen, or too close to the sun, or the wax would melt. Either way would be fatal. Icarus, paid no attention to his father's warning and soared higher and higher until the wax melted and he fell to his death.
The Fourth Unity Theatre Company presents Icarus at Greenwich Village's Bank Street Theatre Dec. 3-23 which draws modern day parallels. This is the New York City premiere of the Edwin Sánchez play.
In Icarus, a disfigured woman rescues her wheelchair-bound brother from the confinements of a hospital. The two then head to a deserted beach house where they encounter a troubled stranger and learn to make their own spirits soar.
Founding director of Fourth Unity Dennis Smith directs the production. The cast includes Ann Chandler, Ivan Davila, Matthew Gorrek, Tony Hamilton and Marlène Ramírez-Cancio. The creative team includes scenic designer Andy Krumkalns and lighting designer Renèe Molina.
Performers can be seen at the Bank, 155 Bank St. (between Washington and West St.). For tickets, call (212) 353-3837. — by Ernio Hernandez