Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Statue of Saint Wenceslas in Prague
since the Tenth Century. In order to spare the town, a princess is offered to The Dragon as her bride. Saint George happens along and rescues her. The legend’s holiday symbolism casts The Dragon as the darkness of the winter, and Saint George as the promise of the renewal of light. About 15 years ago, I was cast in the play as the quack doctor charged with healing the ailing Saint George in the Christmas Revels celebrated in Oakland. In this piece, I couldn’t resist doing a little tweaking of the tale, (no pun intended).
Check out this Wikipedia article on the history of the legend of Saint George and The Dragon