Psst...Want to go to Mars?
When I first heard about the initial Biosphere 2 experiment way back in the early 90s, I was mostly fascinated (and horrified) by the idea of being sealed off from the world for a full two years with a band of co-workers inside a glass dome. The actual science experiment they were conducting didn't particularly interest me--the most reductive media coverage boiled it down to preparing to go to Mars but the real media focus was obsessive interest in the researchers' sex lives or potential lack thereof.
In the decades since then, my interests have changed. First of all, global warming is real, Senator Snowball notwithstanding, and the CO2 battle waged inside Biosphere 2 is relevant. Second of all, it seems we might be going to Mars! Not me, mind you, but a couple of the Biospherians, yeah!
When I stumbled onto Jane Poynter's TED Talk about her experiences under glass, I knew I had to write a play about it.
Ten brave actors (Tessa Borbridge, McKenna Cox, Stephen Dexter*, Lori Gardner*, Dean Imperial, David Meyers, Jason Nuzzo*, Bernard J. Tarver*, Jessica L. Vera*, and Jenny Zerke) will read a 30-minute excerpt of the resulting colossus in the Dixon Place Lounge on June 28th at 7:30. Come hear about the adventures of the Biospherians and have a beverage with us in The Lounge! Make your reservation here.