Darkside

by  Ken Jones

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f, 1m or f

"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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Accolades

    Accolades

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

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    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.

  • Additional Features: Special Effects, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f, 1m or f

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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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

Ken Jones

Ken Jones is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.   He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Florida, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and continued on to graduate in Playwriting ...

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

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