Voyagers

 

Voyagers

a play with songs
based on an original concept by Maureen Monterubio
7 W /150 MIN

Once every 175 years, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune align in such a way that – with the help of the slingshot quality of gravity assist – a spacecraft can reach each of the outer planets. This is a play about that once in a lifetime moment.

Bobbie wants to retire, but after forty years at NASA it's difficult to walk away. Helen is watching her daughter find her footing at the space agency, all while starting a new career as a physics professor in the post-Space Shuttle era. Joanna is at the beginning of her career, falling in love with spacecrafts and astronauts through coding and stargazing. And Grace is navigating a new realm as both the commander of the International Space Station and the lone female on board.

As for Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, they’ve made a pact with Bobbie to share everything the human eye can’t comprehend, sending messages through the galaxy – all to the soundtrack of the Golden Records they carry and the siren call of the planet Saturn.

Development History

ALLIANCE OF RESIDENT THEATRES/NY (NEW YORK)
WORKSHOP
DIR. MAUREEN MONTERUBIO, 2017

An artist's rendering of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Image courtesy of NASA.

An artist's rendering of the Voyager 1 spacecraft. Image courtesy of NASA.

GRACE
What’s the hold up?

“One last fuel check.”

GRACE
Oh fuck no. Get me off this thing.

“No can do, Captain.”

GRACE
This is not Challenger 2.0. That is not happening today.

“It’s just a safety precaution.”

GRACE
If I die, I will haunt you for the rest of my life.

“I can live with that.”
— Voyagers