It’s Keegan Cassady, your friendly neighborhood playwright. I wanted to let you know that I’m producing my second self-written work, The Immortal Jellyfish through Avalanche Theatre Company as part of the FallFRINGE.
Having lost his closest friend, Will is obsessed with finding a cure for death, and the answer just might lie in the genes of the immortal jellyfish. But his fellow scientists have other ideas….
The show performs at:
Fort Fringe – The Shop
607 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
During the Festival, the Box Office at Fort Fringe will be open starting one hour before each day’s first performance – times are available below and at: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/box-office
Friday, November 1, 6:30-7:45
Saturday, Nov 2, 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Friday, Nov 8, 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Saturday, Nov 9, 3:30 to 4:45pm
Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00PM to 11:15 PM
Sunday, Nov 17, 1:00PM too 2:15PM
Under the direction of Kristen Pilgrim and featuring Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers, this sci-fi thriller explores the epic of Gilgamesh through the lens of modern genetics. With Kate Lee designing our costumes, Tim Nielsen developing our soundscape, and Kathryn Dooley stage managing, our production is attempting to create a clean, clear and complete world meshing science and myth.
We’d like to invite you to take part in our latest adventure, starting this November in Washington, DC.
Tickets are $15 with a $5 fringe button, and are currently available at the Capital Fringe site; https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish
Tickets are also available by phone, calling 866.811.4111.
Thank you all for your support – I look forward to seeing you at the show!
Playwright, The Immortal Jellyfish
In preparation for The Immortal Jellyfish at the Capital Fringe, The Jellyfish alphabet continues!
Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology
A flock of seagulls. A bunch of bananas. A parliament of rooks.
Groups of animals have curious names. Some make a pack, some a pride, but Jellyfish bloom. Like a cherry blossom festival, but with carnivorous, occasionally immortal, hydrozoans.
While a flock or a bunch might contain some tens of members, jellyfish blooms number in the thousands and millions.
To be fair, jellyfish are much smaller than other species, and blooms form only on a seasonal basis.
As discussed in the Anatomy post, jellyfish are more stomach than brain. Some contend that jellyfish lack the sentience to intentional cluster into groups, so the size of blooms depends on water temperature, salinity of water, and ocean currents. Because jellyfish are more adaptable to salinity and temperature than many of their competitors and predators, the sizes of their blooms may only grow larger, season by season.
Tomorrow’s post will be on C: Cytosine.
For more on The Immortal Jellyfish premiering as part of the FallFRINGE, check out our show page!
Thanks for reading!
What is the anatomy of an immortal jellyfish?
As a multi-stage organism, the jellyfish’s anatomy changes through its life cycle.
Beginning as a polyp, the immortal jellyfish is formed as a polyp in a colony of such forms, called hydroids. These hydroids have stolons to connect them to their resident surface, and upright branches which bloom medusa buds, which eventually are released from the main colony.
The immortal jellyfish’s medusa form can reach an even 4.5 millimeter diameter, making a circular bell shape. This bell is made of a jelly, or mesoglea, covered by two layers of epidermis (like a peanut-butter jelly sandwich, minus the peanut butter). This mesoglea is somewhat thicker at its topmost part, and replaces a respiratory system in that the ‘skin’ of the jellyfish is thin enough for diffusion to deliver oxygen to the body. Also contained in the skin of the jellyfish is its nervous system, a kind of ‘nerve-net’ starting at the ‘rophalial lappet,’ the ring around the base of the jellyfish’s bell. This jelly-skin encapsulates a bright red, cross-shaped organ called a manubrium. The manubrium is a mixture of stomach and mouth, where a stalk protruding from the bell’s interior dangles down to a mouth at its base. The mouth opens into a gastrovascular cavity, which digests nutrients for the rest of the body. The smaller renditions of this creature have but eight tentacles, whereas the larger, older specimens have ten times that number.