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Onstage Sunday at Caltech: Story of Survival in Space Explores Love and Identity

Published on Apr 16, 2023

Embark on a theatrical journey that explores themes of love, identity, and survival against the backdrop of space exploration. Theater Arts in Caltech presents “The Sunrise from the Moon,” a gripping drama directed by Brian Brophy. The play, written by Hannah Manikowski, invites audiences to imagine a future where humans populate the lunar terrain.

“The Sunrise from the Moon” is set in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of NASA’s first lunar colony Montgomery. Only one human survivor remains – Annaliese, a 25-year-old woman born on the Moon who has spent ten years alone. Her discovery sets off a chain of events that leads her to Earth, where she becomes the center of attention for competing NASA investigators.

The play is a sleek drama that delves deep into the human condition through a love story featuring an eclectic cast of characters and satisfying moments of surprise. 

A central theme the play explores is the complexity of the human condition through the lens of lesbian loneliness. 

“Sunrise interrogates where and why we situate our love and the profound suffering inherent in living in a world that was not made to accommodate your fullest self,” wrote Manikowski.

As the plot unfolds, Annaliese forms a bond with a scientist assigned to her case. Their relationship becomes more complicated as lines between the personal and the professional begin to blur. All involved are forced to make impossible decisions between integrity, career advancement, human progress, and love.

This thought-provoking play intertwines themes of space exploration, human relationships, and the complexities of the human condition. It is a unique theatrical experience that challenges the audience’s perceptions of the world around them.

Tickets for the show are available at the Caltech Ticket Office for $25 for the general public, $15 for staff/JPL/seniors, and $5 for students. “The Sunrise from the Moon” will run from April 13th to April 16th in Ramo Auditorium on the Caltech campus.

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