CANCELLED/ Unfortunately we are not able to proceed with this planned reading. We will try again in 2019….
[Tuesday October 16 and Wednesday October 17, 2018, at 8 pm. $10/pwyc. Artword Theatre presents a reading of Whoever You Are, a play by Ronald Weihs, based on a short story by science fiction writer Judith Merril. Artword Theatre mounted a full production of this project back 1997, in our studio theatre in Toronto on Portland Street. Judith Merril gave Ron the go-ahead of his script based on her story just a few months before her death in 1997. This story, and our theatrical interpretation of it, keeps resonating. Ron thought it was time to revive it. Participants in the reading include Jordan Campbell, Pamela Gardner, and Gordon Odegaard. Here is our description of the project from our 1997 website:
Written in 1952, “Whoever You Are” was Judith Merril’s answer to the “Fortress America” paranoia at the beginning of the cold war, and her protest against the emotional and sexual repression that fueled it. Although the lines today are less sharply drawn, fear of the alien is as prevalent today as it was then.
The play’s premise is simple. The human race has built a web around the Solar System that traps alien life forms. A SolSys scout ship returns with aliens aboard and is caught in the web. When a young recruit boards the ship and investigates, it becomes evident that the aliens have what may be an irresistible weapon: they love everybody.
Do we dare let them in? On Phobos (one of the moons of Mars), three people must decide what action to take: two men, a military commander and a psychologist, and one woman, the public information officer.
Ronald Weihs, Judith Sandiford
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