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Psylo

Synopsis

In this agitprop style dark comedy about Nuclear war an ensemble of actors play identical personnel in American and Russian ICBM launch facilities. Lt. Brad Jones has written a thesis called Schrodinger’s Bomb that, using the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox as a basis, asserts that while we all live under threat of nuclear war with our imperfect launch systems on hair-trigger alert, mankind is both alive and dead at the same time. At the same time a sudden onset of a conscience will not allow him to even pretend to launch a missile even during a drill. The story centers around his efforts to build up the nerve to launch the missile to force an endgame even if he has to bypass the failsafe controls by hacking into the launch control computers, and the Russian’s possible responses to launches by the Americans. In one of the abstract scenes a nuclear warhead, a globe representing the world, and a cat are put in a box. In the final scene, following an actual launch by both sides the box is opened, but the play ends before we can see what’s left inside.

History

Psylo was written in a workshop and has had a staged reading and enthusiastic reviews by directors. Contact Dave Cintron for script.

Production Notes

8-12 Actors. One location.

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