Swing Among the Stars

A man nervously awaits his wife’s departure to Mars. She was chosen as one of the colonists for the ninth colony on Mars.

Play Title: Swing Among the Stars

Author: Philip Braithwaite

Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Secondary Discipline: Astronomy

Scientists: N/A

Source Texts: N/A

Character Breakdown: One woman,one man

Unidentified names (scripted as “Woman” and “Man”)

Setting: Boarding gate for a shuttle headed to Mars

Time Period: Decades into the future

Synopsis of Play: A man nervously awaits his wife’s departure to Mars. She was chosen as one of the colonists for the ninth colony on Mars. The husband must sadly stay behind as he is just told his wife will not be returning home. The Earth is in despair as humans must live in domes to prevent suffocation from pollution. The plays closes as the woman departs to board her space shuttle.

First Performance Date: This short play was originally performed at the “Climate Change Theatre Action” event in 2017.

First Producer: Climate Change Theatre Action 2017

Performance History: Swing Among the Stars has been performed at various venues across the world. Many of these venues can be found on college campuses.

Biography of Author: “Philip Braithwaite (New Zealand) is a playwright who enjoyed early success in his writing career when, shortly after graduating from university, he won the 2001 BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition. Since then his work has been produced around the world, and he has won several awards for his work, including the Adam New Zealand Play Award and the Robert Lord Award for Best Script” [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].

Links:

http://www.artmurmurs.nz/theatre/still-waving-climate-change-theatre-action-aotearoa-2017

 

Entered By: Jake Caracciolo

How Stuff Works
New Scientist
Lone Wolf Magazine
NASA, Kennedy Space Center

 

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