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Darkside - Full Length Play, Drama

Darkside

Ken Jones

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Full Length Play, Drama

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ISBN: 9780573691157

"Spellbinding....The play has it all soul, suspense, symbolism and surprises. Add to that medley a dash of humor and a speck of irony." - Denver Register

Two American astronauts are stranded in a lunar landing module on the dark side of the moon while a third orbits in the command module.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Adventure, Science Fiction

90 minutes

Time Period - 1970s

Settings Of Play -

Although the main body of the play occurs on and around the moon, a realistic setting is not necessary. Costuming can also be kept to a minimum using only jumpsuits to represent spacesuits. The action of the play occurs in the early autumn of 1973.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Special Effects, Multimedia

Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Prima Facie Award. Kentucky Theatre Award, Post-Corbett Award

Two American astronauts are stranded in a lunar landing module on the dark side of the moon while a third orbits in the command module. As they work with ground control toward rescue, flashbacks reveal their stories.

"Spellbinding....The play has it all soul, suspense, symbolism and surprises. Add to that medley a dash of humor and a speck of irony." - Denver Register

"The moon is more than a place for the misbegotten. It's a godless wilderness where hopes, dreams, fears and frustrations are easily cauterized; where love and death co exist in zero gravity. Yet it is also a perfect allegorical backdrop for human frailties, especially the loneliness of the long distance heroes." - Rocky Mountain News

"Stars twinkle all around and the big blue marble of earth eerily arises in this haunting new play." - Time Magazine

1988, Denver Center for the Performing Arts- The Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f, 1m or f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CAPCOM - Capsule Communications, referred to as Houston or Mission Control
WILLIAM C. "BILL" GRIFFIN - an astronaut, Command Module Pilot
GERALD R "GUNNER" SMITH - an astronaut, Flight Commander
EDWARD SCOTT STONE - an astronaut, Lunar Module Pilot
BETH GRIFFIN - wife of Bill Griffin
GIGI STONE - wife of Ed Stone
REPORTER - a television reporter
TECHNICIANS - used only if suggested pre-show is used

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Ken Jones

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Dennis Glover 10/26/2014 8:12 PM
It was such good fun to do sound design and music for this play in 1993. It was also an awful lot of work, being a voluntary thing, as all things were for the old Twickenham Repertory Company's tech people. The guys playing astronauts got to attend the adult version of United States Space Camp before we started rehearsals; that was probably a good outlay of the Company's money!
The philosophical depth of this play was a great help for me as I wrote and recorded the original music I was allowed to use in a couple of critical scenes; artists need inspiration, especially when they have day jobs. I used synthesizers to produce all of my music, and that was a great deal of work, but by the time I started it was no huge chore to put a couple hundred hours into it. For transitions, backgrounds, and other incidental music I mostly used '60s Sinatra clips and some CCR's great "Bad Moon Rising".
It's a good play for a mature/maturing audience.
Joshua Canavier 11/12/2013 3:42 PM
The play Darkside is truly a masterpiece. It is in the top 3 of best plays I have ever read for sure. Perfect  for mature high school students and up, the acting potential is what sets this play apart from most. The author did a magnificent job making this story seem as real and human as possible. The characters get you attatched and each one has their own part that they bring to the story and character development. I plan on directing this play sometime in the spring of 2014, an hope for a fantastic, challenging show. Very good story an play.

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