Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus (architect of the labyrinth that housed the Minotaur). The story of Icarus involves his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall to his death.

Too Near the Sun tells the story of the mythical Icarus alongside the story of a real-life Icarus – Otto Lilienthal, a German pioneer of human aviation who became known as the Glider King. Lilienthal was the first person to make repeated, successful gliding flights – nearly 2,000 of them – before his glider lost its lift and he fell to his death. Both are cautionary tales – stories of men who dreamed of flight, but whose shared obsession caused them to overlook safety in the interest of adventure.

ICARUS or “To Near The Sun” by Jeremy Cole
staged reading October 21, 2011

Directed by Jeremy Cole

Tony Cirimele (Otto)

Robert Cooper (Deadalus)

Maro Guevera (Gustav)

Charles Lewis III (Minos)

Keshuv Prasad (Icarus)

Stacy Sanders (Agnes)

Jeremy Cole is a director, designer and occasional playwright, who has had several of his plays produced – most notably an adaptation of James Joyce’s The Dead, which was commissioned as a holiday offering by Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre of Denver, returning for 6 additional seasons after its initial run.

The image of Icarus was created by Gintah Tran. You can view his portfolio, here.