Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Play of the Week: June 4 2008
tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz

tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz

If your childhood on a chicken farm gave you the uncanny ability to kill chickens in a pure and painless way, where would your career path lead you?

To start temping for a bomb manufacturer? Makes sense to me.

Convinced she is the goddess of death and attempting to escape a man-made black hole on one side of the country, Genny finds herself temping for a weapons company in New York. Genny’s only comfort in her hellish job comes from another temp, called only Dead Body Boy, who has mastered the system and seems to have also mastered death. He leads her through the bowels of the company to find a secret that could finally free Genny from her past – or destroy the world.

Amongst all the god-like catastrophes and eminent destruction of the world, Dietz is able to tell a compelling story of a woman coming to terms with her past as she navigates her life as an adult in an unforgiving and cruel world.

The epic staging of the play creates great challenges for directors and set designers, such as: the sun stuck in a tree, miles of filling cabinets that turn into chicken coups in an instant - not to mention the creation of the universe that happens in the first two pages. All in all, this would be the perfect play for a young, ambitious theater company to tackle.

Scenes/Monologues: Scenes between a man and a woman, both 20 – 30. Monologues for a woman, 20-30.

Recommended by: Sean-Michael

tempOdyssey
by Dan Deitz
Acting Edition, $7.50
Dramatists Play Service, 2008

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