Fate, Family and Communication Take Flight in Rocket Man
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Playwright Victoria Stewart was inspired by two very different figures -- CNBC personality Suze Orman and Victorian novelist Henry James -- when writing her latest, most probing play, Rich Girl. For despite their differences, both Orman and James share an obsession with money and Rich Girl explores that peculiarly American fascination with startling sensitivity and imagination. When the sheltered Claudine meets the penniless Henry, the two fall helplessly in love. But for Claudine's mother, a tough-talking celebrity finance guru, this happiest of happy coincidences is a cause for suspicion and worry. Inspired by the classic play and film The Heiress, this clever new comedy examines women and their relationships with men, mothers and moolah -- if not in exactly that order. Courtney O'Connor directs the show at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Learn More
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Flat Earth Theatre ventures into the final frontier this August with Rocket Man, Steven Dietz’s creative and probing account of self discovery. Tracking the lives of its characters across parallel universes, Rocket Man addresses themes of fate, family, and the ability to communicate with the ones we love.
As Donny Rowan waits patiently for the traffic lights to change, the rest of the world has passed him by; his exwife has moved on, his teenage daughter is slipping away, and even his closest friends can't seem to connect with him. Fed up with the seeming futility of life in this universe, Donny sets his sights on another: a parallel dimension where the standard laws of time and space no longer apply. So he puts his life up for sale on the front lawn, and scans the heavens from an EZ Boy recliner in the attic, preparing for a journey that will take him beyond the limits of this mundane reality.
While the mirror universe plays an essential role in addressing Donny's regrets, it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. As his friend Louise puts it: “You think in a parallel world everything is perfect? You think it all works out?” The flow of time may run contrary to our reality, but its people encounter the same problems and embody the same flaws. Director Lindsay Eagle, past Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Independent Drama Society, strengthens the connections between seemingly opposite selves by examining the implications of this alternate reality and what it means to be a version of oneself.