A married couple in New York City awake one day to discover, in a plot worthy of Kafka or Orwell, that their private lives are no longer private. Even more frightening, their lives seem to bear no relation to anything they knew.
Play title: Y2K
Author (s): Arthur Kopit
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication Date: 2000
Primary Discipline: Technology
Secondary Discipline: Computer Science
Scientist (s): Fictional
Source Texts: Unknown
Costa Astrakhan, Joseph Elliot, Joanne Summerhays Elliot, Orin Slake, Dennis McAlvane
Time Period: Summer before the turn of the century
Synopsis of Play: A married couple in New York City awake one day to discover, in a plot worthy of Kafka or Orwell, that their private lives are no longer private. Even more frightening, their lives seem to bear no relation to anything they knew.
An edgy, erotically charged information-age thriller, this new play by award winning playwright Arthur Kopit exposes the control that computers can have over lives, morality, even bank accounts. In Y2K Kopit questions our relationship to the technology we use and create, and illuminates our fears of being dominated or manipulated by our own inventions. In an era in which others can access to even the tiniest details of our lives, he chillingly reveals the ways in which our identities can be subject to the whims of potential intruders. (play text cover blurb, The Overlook Press)
First Performance Date: February 1999
First Producer: Humana Festival of New American Plays
Performance History: Y2K had its world premiere in the 1999 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in February 1999. It was directed by Bob Balaban with scenic design by Paul Owen; costume design by Nanzi J. Adziman; lighting design by Pip Gordon; sound design by Malcolm Nicholls; properties by Ben Hohman and the production stage manager was Charles M. Turner III. The New York Premiere of Y2K was produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 9th, 1999 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. It was directed by Bob Balaban with set design by Loy Arcenas; costume design by Tom Broecker; lighting design by Kevin Adams; sound design by Darron L. West and the production stage manager was James Fitzsimmons.
Entered by: Meaghan Yesford
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Manhattan Theatre Club, Photo: Joan Marcus