A play about how to grow up
About the Play
Erica, Alan, Denver, and Trish are the first people to be born on Mars. They are waiting to find out the results of "The Test," which determines the type of work they'll be doing as adults on the compound. To pass the time while they wait, they play a game creating scenes that imagine what life on Earth would be like, based on the best representation of Earth they know: movies. Then they learn their parents are suddenly and unexpectedly returning from a years-long mission, and questions start to be raised about the truths and fictions within their own lives on Mars. Before long, it becomes apparent that the outside world isn't as simple as they've imagined.
Breakdown: 2M/NB, 2W/NB
Run time: 90 minutes
Staged Reading - Otherworld Theatre, 2019
Staged Reading - Benchmark Theatre, 2019
Full Production - Otherworld Theatre, 2020
Publication (excerpt) - Avalanche Biannual Issue One: Fall 2019
"...once you allow yourself to get swept up in the concentric insights brought about by each progressive Simulation, you may find yourself enamored with, and rooting for Denver, Erica, Alan and Trish."
"Why it’s so good is that every inch of emotional travel is covered and every character pairing gets plucked like a guitar string, plucked and tuned, as the kids slip in and out of character in their Simulation roles, quarrel over what game to play next, who gets to be the sheriff and who the mom, speculate on Earth as it was, Earth in crisis, The Compound’s damage, Marvin’s plan, their parents, their parents. Their nested identities open, play against one another, change under stress, and form bonds new and yet the same."
"Very inventive... the show has a lot of fun with pop culture, but underneath that it really has a poignant heart."