Dates: September 23 - October 2
Time: 7:00 pm and 2:00 pm (September 25 and October 2)
Location: The Pilot on Navigation
5102 Navigation Boulevard, 77011
Tickets: $12 presale/$15 at-the-door/$6 kids and seniors
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Amatol Productions is bringing their first interdisciplinary theater production to The Pilot on Navigation. This one-act sci-fi comedy titled, Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children?, bills itself as the world's first drone play.
SPACE JUNK utilizes drone technology to create a new form of puppeteering. In this play, there are no actors on stage. Instead, local artists act as puppeteers by operating the drones while unseen voice actors (Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Koomah, and Sondee Weiss) bring the dialogue to life. This is further enhanced by the use of video projection and the live streaming of footage from the cameras integrated into the drone actors.
Mel Petersen was awarded a 2015 Idea Fund grant to create 'SPACE JUNK'. “I really love working with drones and I kept thinking it would be really cool to use the drones as actors in a live production. Stephanie and Koomah, directed me to the Idea Fund. The Idea Fund selected the SPACE JUNK project as one of twelve 2015 grantees."
As a 2015 Idea Fund grantee, Mel Petersen and the SPACE JUNK production team had 1 year to complete their vision by writing a script, training drone puppeteers, building a set, filming additional footage, and presenting a final production to the public.
“Stephanie, Koomah, and I wrote the play based on our love of kitschy B-movies from the 50's and 60's as well as several sci-fi TV classics. Yes, it’s a comedy, but it’s kind of a coming of age story too. We explore what makes us human; how do we define identity and how does gender play into that,” said Mel Petersen. “We wanted to do some social commentary, but we wanted to keep it fun for audiences. We felt a science fiction comedy would be the best medium for that.”
Space Junk: Do People Dream of Electric Children? - the world’s first drone play, is a treatise on man’s dependence on technology and technology’s dependence on man. The crews of the space armada are long since dead, but the simulations of the final disaster continue to run in order to learn how to protect the next human crew… once a new crew is found. Only, it’s been 100 years and there’s been no sign of human life. The drones are getting restless.