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FLYNN ADRIFT
in which Flynn’s trip to the Caribbean is waylaid by a massive storm and an unrelenting hallucination.
Featuring Bryce Pinkham and Alex Birnie.

lyrics

FLYNN:
There are days,
Days at sea,
When you can laze along under full sail,
Lazy days and nights.
Your thoughts seem to gain a different dimension.

THE INTERVIEWER:
What is your dream of happiness, Mr. Flynn?

FLYNN:
A quiet spot —
A quiet spot on the Jamaica seashore
Gazing at the ocean...

THE INTERVIEWER:
This is Errol Flynn adrift in the Atlantic
On what remains of his yachting vessel, the Sirocco.
Is this what you’d call a dehydration induced hallucination?

FLYNN:
The storm drove us off course. No radio. No —

THE INTERVIEWER:
Where —  where —  just where do you think you are?

FLYNN:
The wind ripped the sail to pieces
With a sound like a powerful gun.
How it howled through the rigging!
You had to crawl or fight your way forward or aft,
And the waves became mountainous

THE INTERVIEWER:
Tell me about your latest movie, Mr. Flynn.
Mr. Flynn —

FLYNN:
The Gentleman Pirate?
That’s been postponed indefinitely…

SIRENS:
Ya-ya, ya-ya

THE INTERVIEWER:
Because you’re on trial for statutory rape?

FLYNN:
The studio thought it wouldn’t be good for publicity,
After the exoneration…
I’m innocent.

THE INTERVIEW:
They said —

FLYNN:
— They said I’m innocent.

THE INTERVIEW:
And. Are. You?

FLYNN:
I am Errol Flynn!

THE INTERVIEW:
This is Errol Flynn in an exclusive interview
Brought to you by Warner Bros.’ recently shelved drama:
The Gentleman Pirate!
What is your dream of happiness, Mr. Flynn?

FLYNN:
I’m on the deck — on the deck of the Sirocco
With a verdict of not guilty,
And a summer out at sea
For a little freedom
From all the
Gossip mongers,
Studio publicists,
Bloody gators on the Sepic river!

credits

from HAIL OBLIVION, released April 9, 2017
Performed by Flynn (Bryce Pinkham) and The Interviewer (Alex Birnie).

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Johnstone/Gelb New York, New York

HAIL OBLIVION is the latest work by Gelb and Johnstone, whose music theater projects include Tully (In No Particular Order), last seen at NYMF, and the rock musical Sometimes in Prague, which was featured in American Theater Magazine as part of the Polyphone Festival, after previous development at the Tank, Joe's Pub, and the New Ohio Ice Factory. ... more

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