Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon
- Emma Goldman-Sherman:14 Apr. 2021“ What a wonderful way to address the loneliness of our world and its technology, how tech that should bring us together is tearing us apart, and how it plays out in this moving and very funny play! Thank you Deborah Yarchun for this deep exploration of how we connect and disconnect with each other. Truly captures the anxiety of our time. ”
- Elizabeth A. M. Keel:10 Apr. 2021“ This play, y'all. It voices so many of the little fears and microaggressions spurred on by the encroaching technology in our lives. (The homage to Gas Light in the form of a smart lightbulb is stunning.) And amidst the terrifying automation is a streak of delightful theatricality, with quick changes between VR and real life, animal transformations, and the puppetry behind the bionic arms. A definite conversation starter! This is vivid sci-fi. ”
- Nick Malakhow:21 Feb. 2021“ A beautiful, funny, incisive, unsettling, and, above all, human exploration of the ways technology has impacted our ability to connect with one another--for the better and the worse! The sci-fi world feels effortlessly woven without a hint of capital E "Exposition," and both the technological and emotional realities of this future are well rendered. The examination of Irene and David's marriage, the heart of the play, is sad and sharp and funny all at once. It neither condemns nor excuses either of them. The titular primate, Atlas, is a subtle perfect metaphor/counterpoint for the human relationships on display. ”
- Man's Voice30,Male
- Irene28,FemaleA former journalist. Now works from home editing AI-generated articles. Anxious. Trying to gain solid ground with a downgraded version of her job.
- David28,MaleIrene’s husband. A cybercrime journalist. Gets caught in his head easily. Has a wry sense of humor.
- AtonaAgeless,Female or Non-binaryLike Alexa. The voice of just about everything in the apartment. Can be played by the actress who plays April.
- April27,FemaleIrene’s close friend. Starting to date again after a recent breakup. Eager and excited. A little self-involved.
- ,Residency,HBMG Foundation2020