by Mary A. Mann



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/2/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781414019758
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 180
ISBN : 9781414019765

About the Book

MARIA AND THE COMET: A quaker girl of the 19th century, the earthling Maria Mitchell studies the universe and is beloved by the stars who seek other earthlings from the audience and dance with them across the sky. The inquisitive and studious Maria fixes a chronometer when she is 12 years old.  Maria is also beloved by the Comet who is discovered by her in 1847.  Later she becomes a professor of Astronomy at Vassar College encouraging young people particularly girls, to study mathematics and science, even teaching some of them on stage!

THE ROUND TABLE: In a lively retelling of Arthurian legend, the hitherto unknown Merlina, sister of Merlin is very distressed by all the blood spilled on the earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.  She accompanies Nyme, the Lake of the Lake on a journey from the middle earth to our world today.  They surface first in 1995 on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. They flash back and forth revisiting the legends and bringing Excalibur the Sword of Right into the 21st century.  They try to find someone to fill the current Seat Perilous and bring peace to the world, finally accepting their own responsibility.

About the Author

Descended from Australian pioneers, Mary Mann has a Ph.D. in Communications and Drama from the University of Southern California.  Her book ThuGun and Natasha, a drama with rap was published by 1stBooks in 2003.  The 2nd Edition of her book on Aristotelian methodology, HUBRIS, The Construction of Tragedy with a new preface is also scheduled for publication by 1st. Books.  Dr. Mann edited two separate editions of The Los Angeles Theatre Book which documented the small equity waiver theatre scene in Los Angeles from 1972 - 1984.  Her 7 hour play Anzac, a saga of war and peace in the 20th century and  taken from real life was published by Mithra Press and  premiered at the Globe Playhouse in Los Angeles.  It will be republished with additional original material.   The Right of the Womb - post 911 is a woman’s response to that event.  Dr. Mann is also a contributor to an upcoming book on unity among the world’s diverse practicing religions, being readied by Unity and Diversity.