ALiEN8 (with Kate Brennan)

In a small Midwestern town, a tornado touches down on prom night, leaving devastation in its wake. The prom-goers emerge from the school to discover a third of their town gone. Amidst the rubble, a stranger appears - an otherworldly character who identifies only as "8." 8 communicates through a unique gestural language and begins to acquire English by reading YA classics like "Catcher in the Rye...
In a small Midwestern town, a tornado touches down on prom night, leaving devastation in its wake. The prom-goers emerge from the school to discover a third of their town gone. Amidst the rubble, a stranger appears - an otherworldly character who identifies only as "8." 8 communicates through a unique gestural language and begins to acquire English by reading YA classics like "Catcher in the Rye," "Lord of the Flies" and "Grapes of Wrath." But when the students start to learn 8's unconventional language, they threaten to unearth the town's past, including a shameful secret that most of the town would rather keep buried. ALiEN8 is a new musical about past sins and future reconciliations - about the parts of ourselves that we alienate to get by and the other parts we risk for a chance to connect.

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ALiEN8 (with Kate Brennan)

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  • Max Gallagher (they/them):
    22 Sep. 2020
    I acted as 8 in Drexel’s production of “ALiEN8” and had an absolutely delightful time doing it! The language is highly rhythmic and it’s easy to find a path right into the heart of the story. After one of the shows, I shared an interaction with an audience member — they were crying, trying to find their words — and all they could say was “thank you”. Thank you, David, for the words you’ve shared with the internet and beyond!

Character Information

  • 8
    ?,
    Genderless
    Character has no gender. Can be played by any gender. May or may not be an alien.
  • Anna
    17,
    Female, possibly gay
    Daughter of Pastor Warren and Janet. Abby's older sister
  • Zach
    17,
    Male, possibly asexual
    Whatever his sexuality is, he hasn't figured it out yet.
  • Emily
    17,
    Gay female
    Bit of a goth-chick
  • Ethan
    17,
    a cis Male
    Bit of an internet conspiracy theorist
  • Haley
    17,
    Straight Female
    Ambitious. Straight-A student
  • Alex
    17,
    Non-binary
    A dancer. The new kid in school.
  • Abby dancer
    13,
    non-binary or trans
    Double-cast with Alex
  • Michael Brasfield
    30s-50s,
    Straight Male
    High School guidance counselor. Tries to do the right thing. Misses the boat sometimes.
  • Erica Tanner
    30s-50s,
    Straight Female
    Literature teacher. Well-liked by students
  • Pastor Warren
    40s-50s,
    Straight Male
    The moral compass of the town of Festial, MO.
  • Janet Warren
    50s-60s,
    Straight Female
    Pastor Warren's wife and Anna's mom. Doesn't always like the message her husband preaches.
  • Ray Berry
    50s-60s,
    Straight Male
    Zach's father. Used to be a semi-famous pop star.
  • Linda Foster
    40s-60s,
    Female
    Principal of the school.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Ignition Arts, Oklahoma City
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    McCarter Theater Center - Education Program
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Drexel University/Ignition Arts
    ,
    2019

Awards

Selection
,
Mandell Professionals in Residence Project
,
Drexel University
,
2019