In the Presence of Things Unseen

Sometime after the war, a new recruit for a secretive Clinic is dismayed to prematurely be thrust into the line of duty. As she is forced to communicate with an ancient, extra-dimensional intelligence, the experience triggers confrontational memories of her recently deceased brother, underscores the Clinic’s promise of power, and challenges her eroding ethics.

An Atomic Gothic sci-fi set in a...
Sometime after the war, a new recruit for a secretive Clinic is dismayed to prematurely be thrust into the line of duty. As she is forced to communicate with an ancient, extra-dimensional intelligence, the experience triggers confrontational memories of her recently deceased brother, underscores the Clinic’s promise of power, and challenges her eroding ethics.

An Atomic Gothic sci-fi set in a fictitious nation during the 1950s.
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In the Presence of Things Unseen

Character Information

  • Rebekah
    Young adult,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Apprentice.
    Curious, determined, rash.
  • Professor
    Older adult,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Instructor.
    Smug, deceptive, warm.
  • Jacob
    Young adult,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Rebekah’s brother.
    Troubled, eager, anxious.
  • Leonard / Leonore
    Middle-aged,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Clinic Director.
    Stoic, stern, egotistic.
  • The TIR Machine
    Any Adult Age,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Translates for The Intelligence, speaks in a slow modulated pitch, an analog computer resembling an accordion mixed with a typewriter, worn with straps over the chest.
    Calm, casual, insistent.
    Can be doubled or pre-recorded.
  • The Intelligence
    Any Adult Age,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Ancient extra-dimensional entity, communicates in deep guttural animal sounds.
    Inscrutable.
    Can be doubled or pre-recorded.
  • Technicians
    Any Adult Age,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Various support crew.
    Frantic, earnest, thorough.
    Can be implied, removed, or two or more performers.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Dramatists Guild End of Play Virtual Table Reading
    ,
    2021