When Cassiopeia, Queen of Ethiopia, proclaimed that she was more beautiful than the nymph-daughters of the sea, Poseidon summoned Cetus to punish her. Cetus, described as either a sea monster or a whale, ravaged the kingdom of Ethiopia. Andromeda, daughter of Cassiopeia, was chained to a rock as a sacrifice for Cetus in the hopes of sating him. But before the sacrifice was claimed, Perseus freed Andromeda and slew Cetus by turning him to stone.
About his play, Cetus, Kirk Shimano writes: I had no idea who Cetus was before I looked him up on Wikipedia. I’m guessing that a lot of other people haven’t heard of him, either. If Heracles happens to show up at your Halloween party or Hera stops by for your nephew’s bar mitzvah, I’m sure everyone swarms them asking for autographs, wanting to know what Zeus is really like. But Cetus? He probably has a harder time convincing everyone that he’s famous. My play peeks in on Cetus’s high school reunion. It touches on the way we retell myths to suit our own purposes, but mostly it’s about a high school reunion that’s a lot like your own. Except it has talking whales.
CETUS by Kirk Shimano
staged reading October 8, 2011
directed by Stuart Bousel
Keshuv Prasad (Cetus)
Maro Guevera (Doug)
Michelle Jasso (Dagon)
Shane Rhodes (Monstro)
Kirk Shimano’s Inner Dialogue took second place in PianoFight Productions’s ShortLived 3.0 — the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country. His play Billy’s Got Issues was included in Wily West Productions’s San Francisco Stories and his Proposition Ate will be part of The 2011 edition of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco’s Sheherezade. Kirk works at Industrial Light & Magic as a Lighting Technical Director, where he was most recently involved with Transformers 3. Having learned much from this project, his next play will include several more explosions and (if budget allows) at least three giant
The mosaic of Cetus was created by Molly Benson.