Voyagers

 

Voyagers

a play with songs
based on an original concept by Maureen Monterubio
8 W / 120 minutes

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. 

Joanna is in love with an astronaut she's never met, so that's a little tricky. But she's also in love with an ancient programming language called FORTRAN and the spacecrafts who communicate with it. Bobbie is trying to retire, but after forty years at NASA it's difficult to walk away. Helen is trying to keep up with her grown daughter after a lifetime of being each other's number one. And Grace is just trying to make sense of the stars as she executes experiments aboard the International Space Station. 

As for Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, they just want to discover everything the human eye can't see, to the soundtrack of the planet Saturn and the Golden Records that they carry. 

Development History

TBD (NEW YORK)
WORKSHOP
DIR. MAUREEN MONTERUBIO, 2019

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
Houston, is that you?

JOANNA
Yes.

GRACE
Jo.

JOANNA
Hi.

GRACE
Are you alone?

JOANNA
Always. You?

GRACE
Never.
— Voyagers