Bite the Hand: A Play
Drama. Set in a marine research lab, two dolphins (played by dancers) and their scientist keepers mix language and movement to create a drama that is "enacted within a breathing and buoyant metaphor" -Paul Theroux. Daws compellingly innovative first play reveals itself as alternately a verbal and physical comedy of control capsizing, and an active mediation on nature and science. "Brilliant, searching, original, and lit by a coruscating wit, BITE THE HAND is a work of startling invention and revelation" -W.S. Merwin. Daws has written eleven books and won several international awards for his documentary films. He currently lives in Honolulu where he is developing a musical theatre project.
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