The term fata morgana is Latin for "the fairy Morgan," referring to the sinister sorceress Morgan Le Fay and shorthand for mirages that led Italian sailors into deadly waters.
Playwright Jeni Mahoney imbues her Fata Morgana, about a couple whose quiet life on the edge of a toxic lake in the Mojave Desert is set to be upended, with the same sense of dangerous unreality—what Boise Contemporary Theater Executive Director Matthew Cameron Clark called "a new American magic realism."
The boldly theatrical thriller features a murder of talking crows, brought to life by Dwayne Blackaller, BCT associate artist and puppeteer.
The play celebrates its world premiere in Boise with previews Wednesday, Jan. 28-Friday, Jan. 30 and a Saturday, Jan. 31 opening night. Mahoney will be in Boise for the premiere, which features the work of actors Cherene Snow, of Chicago, and Danielle Sacks and Kathy McCafferty, both of New York.