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: $90 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 earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting/Directing 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 from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Jones has had 27 prod ...

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

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