HAMILTON – The Medium Theatre Co. will journey to the surface of the Red Planet in a performance of “One Way Red,” sponsored by the Colgate University Arts Council, on Thursday, Oct. 6.
This Mars, however, is conveniently located on the Colgate campus. “One Way Red” is an interdisciplinary work of science fiction performed in the Atrium of the Ho Science Center.
The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The Mediums’ “One Way Red” is a meditation on why we look to other planets to solve our earthbound problems. Based on accounts of applicants to join Mars One, a real-life non-profit dedicated to establishing the first human colony (and reality TV show) on Mars, it is a solo journey from a bedroom floor in Waltham, Mass., to the surface of the Red Planet. It follows the story of a young woman, played by Dani Solomon (class of 2013), willing to put faith in a mission with an improbable chance for success. The anti-heroine, awash in a vast desert of empty NetFlix sleeves, broadcasts her reality TV confessionals back to Earth in monologues, folk songs and movement.
“Mars holds a lot of space in today’s collective conversation, from NASA’s plans to visit Mars in the 2030s and Mars One looking to colonize the planet before them,” said Solomon.
“Are we taking another giant leap for mankind? Are we running away from Earth? Or is it both?”
“One Way Red” is co-created and directed by Mason Rosenthal, with Morgan Fitzpatrick Andrews as lead designer. Together, Solomon, Rosenthal and Andrews make up the Medium Theatre Co.