Artemis

Artemis, called Diana by the Romans, was the daughter of Zeus and the goddess of the night, Leto, and the twin of Apollo. She was the goddess of hunting and wild animals and because of her refusal to marry or lose her virginity, was also the protector of children and maidens. She lead a band of nymphs and other hunters through the woods, predominantly female but with occasional male companions, including Orion, who her bother Apollo killed when it became apparent that Artemis was falling in love with him. As proud as her brother, Artemis could be quite hot tempered and cruel, but also protective and devoted, the aloof wildness of her nature serving as a contrast to her bother’s highly social and generally more rational disposition. She is occasionally confused with the goddess of the moon, due to a frequent confusion of her brother with the god of the sun, and a tendency in classical art to depict her with a crescent moon on her brow. In this case, however, the moon is intended as a symbol of her purity, as it is not full- and thus not completely matured. Her symbol was the bow, her weapon of choice, and her sacred animal was the stag.

In Artemis Along The Shore by M.R. Fall, Artemis is the virgin goddess of the hunt. Her twin brother Apollo is the slightly more debauched god of light and logic. They decide to take a waterside vacation, and both siblings are surprised when Artemis falls for the mortal hunter Orion on the beach. Artemis’ taking a lover isn’t part of Apollo’s plan, especially when much, much more than her honor is at stake. Birds cry, the sun sets, and waves beat ceaselessy against the sands as tensions mount to a startling conclusion – one that not even the god of reason himself could have predicted.

ARTEMIS by M.R. Fall

staged reading July 16, 2010

Directed by M.R. Fall

Aoife Davis (Artemis)

Dara Yazdani (Apollo)

Meg O’Connor (Hestia)

Jeffrey Fisher (Orion)

Gloria McDonald (Callisto)

Jessica Scalzo (Marpessa)

Shay Wisniewski (Merope)


Born a few years before the turn of this most recent century, M.R. Fall is a playwright based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Past productions include A Marriage of Convenience (Theatre Charity Group 2005), The Irreparables (BareStage 2006),Vicious Virtue(BareStage 2007), and Logical Ends (Three Wise Monkeys, Short Leaps 2009). M.R. received the 2006-2007 Eisner Prize in Literature (Prose) for The Irreparables. Learn more at http://www.mrfall.com

Poster Artist Information: The poster for Artemis was created by Emily C. Martin. Visit her portfolio website.