08 Feb 2016 Mile 29: The Planetarium
This one. 49 Miles, by Trevor Allen, is so very near and dear.
From its first exquisite iteration with Crowded Fire in 2001, to this gorgeous reimagining… the opportunity to play with these words again is a joy.
I was in the world premiere of the play when it was produced by Crowded Fire. Its language is lyrical and precise, and gently interwoven. This is Mile 29, The Planetarium: Hubbles Bubbles.
(jump to the 20s mark to hear my voice…)
From the authors website, a description of the play:
This play encapsulates the wanderings of a homeless writer (a John Doe), who records other people’s conversations on a tape recorder as he travels San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive, until he’s hit by a tour bus. As he lies dying, a crowd of seven people gathers around him and then acts out his memories of the drive. Utilizing monologues that seamlessly blend into rich, overlapping dialogue, this is an orchestral play that suggests, like stars in a constellation, all people are interconnected, no matter their racial, sexual, or political background. Written for a multicultural cast of seven actors who then play more than 60 characters, from homeless philosophers, jealous husbands, society women, stand-up comics and even a new age Emperor Norton all converge and separate, while buffalo and wild parrots make cameo appearances in this play for San Francisco natives and tourists alike.