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Plays set in space

  • 1.  Plays set in space

    Posted 06-08-2020 07:58

    Like many of you, I taught my drama improvisation classes on zoom this spring. One of the things we recognized is that we had to lean into the restriction of the screen-creating scenes where characters were restricted as well. We made the negative a positive to great effect. In my last class, there was a fabulous scene between two students who were on spaceships, and they used their screens, shaking them around, a la Star Trek, which looked great!

    This got me thinking ---anyone have a really well written play set in space? I know of David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas, but that one would not be appropriate for my school. I saw that Solaris has a play version, but that one might be too sad, if I remember the film correctly. What I would love is a rousing, Apollo 13-like with a dash of comedy, some beautiful writing, and nothing too "high school" or silly, but with a wonderful theme. Any thoughts? Any playwrights out there have something like this, with a flexible cast? I can have anywhere from 12 to 25 kids come out for the fall production, and we're looking for something adaptable. We just don't know if we will have to livestream, film it and edit it, or actually have an audience.

    Happy hunting!



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    Elisabeth Ledwell
    Falmouth MA
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  • 2.  RE: Plays set in space

    Posted 06-09-2020 03:33
    Hey!~ I'm an adjunct theatre teacher.  My go-to is usually Have Scripts: Blue Moons Play.

    This play is called 

    In The Pastures Of The Sun

    The plays in this collection are based on 8 ancient solar festivals. Funny, irreverent, and fanciful they take us on journeys with one foot in this life and the other in . . . well, another world whose planet is somewhere between poetry and outer space

    This would be an interesting choice:
    https://havescripts.com/product/in-the-pastures-of-the-sun/

    I hope this helps.

    I find everything here.

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    Julie Danao-Salkin
    University of Miami
    Miami FL
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  • 3.  RE: Plays set in space

    Posted 06-09-2020 12:31
    Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope immediately comes to mind. It begins on a space ship and an explosion happens sending the astronauts hurtling into space. It's a one act and there's no happy ending, but as I recall ( having directed it my first year teaching- a LONG time ago) would adapt well to Zoom and the current situation. Happy reading! Marti