Genre: Drama, Other

The classic theme of a daughter's struggle for freedom and a mother's quest for survival takes place among the strange, the unusual, the bizarre and the exotic.

The daughter of this drama miraculously sprang from her mother's forehead at birth. Since that time, their shared and indestructible hair has joined the pair. Over the years, the daughter has grown and the hair has grown but the hair cannot be cut. In order to survive, the Mother exploits this freakish condition. In nightly entertainments, the Mother sings, recounts her daughter's extraordinary birth and invites viewers to try to cut their hair. The daughter tells fortunes. But tonight the daughter refuses to perform. She reveals secrets about herself and the hair that drive the women to a final, perhaps fatal, confrontation witnessed by the audience. Alyson Pou plays both Mother and Daughter.

The installation/setting is an enveloping experience with a romantic aura and slightly gothic tone. A barker invites the audience to enter a "cabinet of curiosities" complete with such oddities as the world's only bearded piranha. Souvenirs such as magic hair growth elixir and postcards are offered. Even a toy puppet theater is for sale, with which one can re-enact the duo's life and adventures. In the back of this area is a small stage with velvet curtains, footlights, sideshow banners and a piano where the Mother and Daughter perform their daily show.

The script, costume, and installation of "A Slight Headache" have been developed in part during residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and an artist's research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, Worchester, MA. In 2006, Voice and Vision Theatre awarded Pou one of five ENVISION professional playwright residencies at Bard College. Additionally, "A Slight Headache" has been performed as a work-in-progress at Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Project, Mulberry Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Women's Studio Center, Work Space Gallery in NYC and the Metropolitan Club, Washington DC.

Preview:   03/20/09
Open:   03/26/09
Close:   04/12/09

Thursday - Sunday at 7:30pm. Runs 1 hr 15 min.
Previews March 20, 21, 22, opens March 26. No performance Easter, April 12.
Theater:   South Street Seaport Museum
Address:   213 Water Street
New York, NY
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2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton Street; J, M, Z to Fulton/Broadway/Nassau St.; A, C to Broadway Nassau St. M15 (South Ferry) downtown to Fulton St. When you exit subway walk east on Fulton Street, enter the Seaport and take the first right onto Water Street to the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street.

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