In “D.S. al fine,” a man observes an attractive woman in a chamber music concert cry listening to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49 and is intrigued. When the concert is over, they both share their experiences of listening to this piece. Never sharing their names, their exchange is quite intimate. They are each left with a piece of music that will always bring them back to this moment.
Post-election 2016, Amber, the president of the local women’s group (dedicated to charitable community involvement), visits, April, a new member, to gently encourage April to stop using the “angry emoji” on Facebook and return to using the “sad emoji” as Amber would not want the women’s group to be labeled as “angry feminists.”
Divorcees Tom and Laura are returning to the dating field. Laura is determined not to make the same mistakes she made with her first marriage and wants to make sure that her next husband and she have “a lot in common.” Tom and Laura do have a lot in common, but they also find out that they have a lot of the same baggage. The date ends before its barely begun, and you’re not sure quite who is leaving whom, their former spouses or each other.
“Not a Mermaid” is a play about self-discovery. Living into oneself, we find fulfillment and happiness. Two parents encourage their daughter on the path to self-discovery by revealing their inner essences: one is a mermaid, the other a unicorn. They have ideas about what the daughter is, but they won’t tell her: she has to discover it herself. Better put, she has to discover herself. They give her clues, but one thing’s for sure, she’s “Not a Mermaid.”
Ten-Minute Plays by Robin Caroline
Semi-finalist Minnesota Shorts Festival, 2017
Tri-State Festival Spring Lake, New Jersey November 2016