White Sails, Dark Seas

White Sails, Dark Seas
by Paul Lavrakas

Productions (3)
  • Drama for young audiences
  • 55 - 60 minutes
  • 1 f, 5 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 1 f, 5-8 m)
  • Set: Unit set

White Sails, Dark Seas
by Paul Lavrakas

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Productions (3)
  • Drama for young audiences
  • 55 - 60 minutes
  • 1 f, 5 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 1 f, 5-8 m)
  • Set: Unit set

Cristobal Colon (also known as Christopher Columbus) dreams of the Golden Indies -- a fantasy vision that drives him to sail across the unknown Western Sea. There he meets the young Guati, who has also dreamed of seeing unknown worlds beyond his island. As they travel between the New World and the court of Queen Isabel, however, their voyage brings them more regret than glory. This wise and imaginative play, at times hilarious and deeply sad, powerfully explores the result of Colon's failure to understand what he has truly discovered.

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Min. Performance Fee* $40
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Play Details

Cristobal Colon (also known as Christopher Columbus) dreams of the Golden Indies -- a fantasy vision that drives him to sail across the unknown Western Sea. There he meets the young Guati, who has also dreamed of seeing unknown worlds beyond his island. As they travel between the New World and the court of Queen Isabel, however, their voyage brings them more regret than glory. This wise and imaginative play, at times hilarious and deeply sad, powerfully explores the result of Colon's failure to understand what he has truly discovered.

  • Drama for young audiences
  • 55 - 60 minutes
  • 1 f, 5 m (6-9 actors possible: exactly 1 f, 5-8 m)
  • Set: Unit set

Published Reviews

"A complex, daring play full of rich symbols, theatrical staging demands, and thoughtful ideas."

Alice Elliot, Theatre for Young Audiences Today (ASSITEJ)

In just one hour, Birmingham Children's Theatre tells about the discovery of a new world and the demise of a race. The play is White Sails, Dark Seas, and it's the tale of Christopher Columbus' quest to find a western route to the Indies.

White Sails, Dark Seas, written by Washington, D.C. playwright Paul Lavrakas on commission from BCT, is a remarkable piece of theatre. Lavrakas' script tells the story succinctly and smartly.

The play addresses how Columbus' trailblazing ultimately destroyed the lives of the island inhabitants. The story ends on a note of sadness that effectively portrays the desolation as no amount of preaching ever could.

It would have taken Hollywood millions of dollars and months of filming to do half as good a job as BCT does with the saga of Columbus.

Suzanne Kennemer Dent, Birmingham Post-Herald

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MAY 19, 2003 - MAY 22, 2003
McKinney ISD-CDC
McKinney, TX United States
McKinney ISD-CDC McKinney, TX United States
JAN 01, 1992 - DEC 31, 1992
Birmingham Children's Theatre
Birmingham, AL United States
Birmingham Children's Theatre Birmingham, AL United States
JAN 01, 1970 - JAN 01, 1970
Oak Ridge Community Theatre
Oak Ridge, TN United States
Oak Ridge Community Theatre Oak Ridge, TN United States
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JAN 01, 1992 - DEC 31, 1992
Birmingham Children's Theatre
Birmingham, AL United States
Birmingham Children's Theatre Birmingham, AL United States

Awards (1)

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) unpublished play award, 1992