Shooting Star
by
Steven Dietz

Shooting Star
Michelle Duffy and Kevin Symons

Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Public Relations
Technical Director
Set Construction
Original Music
Scenic Artist
Production Crew

Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Stage Crew
Key Art
Production Photography

David Rose
David Potts
Dianne K. Graebner
Luke Moyer
Cricket S. Myers
MacAndME
Lisa Freed
David Elzer/Demand PR
Robert T. Kyle
Red Colgrove
Ryan Shore
Chris Holmes
Watson Bradshaw, Justin Kief, Christopher Rivera,
Vanessa Velez Boswell
Kathryn Horan
Diane Travis
Andrea Dean, Britin Robinson
Doirean Heldt
Michael Lamont


CAST
(in order of appearance)

Reed McAllister
Elena Carson

Kevin Symons
Michelle Duffy


SETTING

The terminal of a large middle-America airport in 2006


Running Time

Approximately 90 minutes
Shooting Star will be performed without intermission


Author's Notes

In my youth people told me their dreams – the great things they were going to do with their lives. These were people, in some cases, that I’ve never seen again. And the thing is: I find that I’m still holding those people to their dreams - unwilling to let them give up on what they promised me, despite the multitude of unmet expectations in my own life.

“Guess it’s too late to say the things
to you that you

that you needed to hear me say

Saw a shooting
star tonight
slip away ...”

– Bob Dylan
“Shooting Star”
The singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson has a lyric that captures this perfectly: “We’re coming upon a time in our lives / when the little dream lives, but the big dream dies.”

We live in a time of “virtual reunions” - employing technology to “connect” us with the past, our history, our youth. In “SHOOTING STAR,” I wanted to write a non-virtual reunion. The real and messy kind. Where the person is standing right there and you can’t leave. And who would that person be? Someone from your past. Someone who has your secret. They have your secret because they once had your heart.

They knew you back in the day. Back when you gave your heart away so readily, so fully and foolishly. And on long, lazy mornings in cold, rented rooms - or in the candlelit quiet of long-shuttered cafes - you no doubt told this person just exactly what amazing things you were going to do with your life. You laid out your boldest plans in grandiloquent terms - and why not? You were young and in love and what in the great wide world of your own shining future could possibly stand in your way?

We wed the past to humor with good reason. Oh, how we used to dress! - and, god, our hair! - the music we listened to! - man, what were we thinking?! And with any luck, we can usually bundle up our great regrets in this same nostalgic laughter, and then happily move on.

Until we see that face. That person who has the goods on us: who knows exactly how close or far we came to making our life match our dreams. Reunions of this kind - the actual face-to-face variety - are typically built on laughter, banter, remembrance and alcohol. The one you’ll see tonight is no different.

Thanks for being here.

Oh, and it’s snowing.

Steven Dietz
Austin, TX
March, 2010


FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

This letter appeared in a recent playbill at The Theatre @ Boston Court, and is reprinted here with their kind permission.

Dear Digital Immigrant:

That’s what you are - an immigrant to the digital age. The only true natives are those under the age of 18.

This is one of the juicy tidbits we learned from the recently concluded Theatre Communications Group annual national theatre conference, which had non-profit theatre-makers numbering over 1,100 flooding into Los Angeles. For three days we were packed into various plenary and breakout sessions to discuss the state of American theatre, the accomplishments we’ve achieved and the many challenges we face.

A number of the sessions this year focused on the proliferation of technology, and the ways this revolution impacts us as theatres. How do we use social media to market to a new generation? How does an audience that is accustomed to leisure activities "on demand" relate to an art form where a play starts at a specific time and specific location, not of the viewer’s choosing?

One of the most mind-blowing and inspiring speakers was futurist David Houle, who theorized that after thousands of years of the Agricultural Age, less than 150 years of the Industrial Age, and around 20 years of the Information Age, the world is giving way to "The Shift Age." In this new era, time seems to be moving faster, technology is evolving at a rate we can’t keep up with, and the digital revolution is changing the planet in ways we can only begin to imagine.

But in Houle’s discussions about how these changes may impact the theatre, he drew some heartening conclusions. One thing he observed is that young people - the digital natives - as they become more secluded with personal electronic devices, are craving live interaction. In fact, he notes that young people hug each other more freely and frequently now than ever, and he attributes this to the need to compensate for the physical isolation they experience in so much of their lives. He suggests that theatre can be a kind of hug for the digitally secluded, a tangible, live conversation that takes place nightly between the audience and the artists. And in an intimate theatre, there is no separation between the artist and the audience; sweat and breath are visceral and evident. Try to get that from your portable electronic devices!

We theatre-makers are devoted to both embracing the world as it shifts around us, and continuing to make the entire experience of seeing a play one that can’t be replicated digitally. One that, as Oscar Wilde (a theatremaker from the Industrial Age) said so eloquently, makes theatre "the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti
Artistic Directors, The Theatre @ Boston Court


SPECIAL THANKS

Jon Acosta   Sandra Kay Beckley   Brad Brown
Larry Cedar   Pamela Cedar   Jelly Belly Candy Company
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Rose Phil Torf & House of Props   Wadler Data Systems