Voyagers

 

Voyagers

8 W / 90 MINUTES
Based on an original concept by Maureen Monterubio

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. In 1977, NASA was able to take advantage of this rare happenstance and launch two satellites on a "planetary grand tour," capturing images, sound, and data of these planets. Since their initial launch in 1977, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have discovered active volcanism on Jupiter’s moon Io and geysers on Saturn. Voyager 1 has traveled past the reaches of our Sun’s solar winds into interstellar space. They are man made explorers touching the endless bounds of space. These twin spacecrafts, these sisters, are searching — for contact, for connection, for love.

And they're not alone. Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are joined in space by Saturn, a legacy of orbiting garbage, and an astronaut on the International Space Station. Earth provides a home for a JPL engineer buried in the nearly-extinct programming language FORTRAN and two NASA employees divorced by a generation of bureaucracy and fused by the unbreakable bond of mother and daughter. As their story moves between Earth and orbit, playing with time, space, and environment, these eight incredible minds must come to terms with a new definition of possible and the messiness of discovery.

Development

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. 

VOYAGER 2
I dance and I think: Do you see me as a constellation? Does my machinery shine as bright as the dimmest star?

VOYAGER 1
Do you lay on your back wondering what month I’ll appear? Can you see me from your extinct hemisphere? Do you intercept my noise?

VOYAGER 2
I sing loudest at night. And it’s all night.

VOYAGER 1
I see you.

VOYAGER 2
I see you.

VOYAGER 1
I don’t. It was a smudge.

VOYAGER 2
A vibration.

VOYAGER 1
A memory.
— Voyagers