Burst

FULL LENGTH: Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. Because on top of being one of the fastest growing tech companies in history, Tactix, with Sarah at its helm, will usher this planet into the post-plastic era. A time where we need not worry or fret over...
FULL LENGTH: Sarah Boyd is an extraordinary human being. Not only did she build her company from scratch using nothing but willpower and fortitude, she also sits on the precipice of truly saving this planet. Because on top of being one of the fastest growing tech companies in history, Tactix, with Sarah at its helm, will usher this planet into the post-plastic era. A time where we need not worry or fret over the great destruction being done to our world from this non-biodegradable foe. With her eyes steady on her next round of funding, Sarah must persevere through a late night interview with a particularly tough reporter, a lawsuit aimed at a person from her past, and the waffling of her CTO. It's a heavy load, and Sarah knows that she is the only one great enough to bear it.
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Burst

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  • Emily Hageman:
    28 Nov. 2018
    A fantastic and thrilling piece for three women. Each character is nuanced and well developed--any role is a to die for part for any actress worth her salt. Sarah is absolutely fascinating--and that monologue at the end, holy cow, talk about a fantastic audition piece. A great, compelling, edge-of-your-seat piece of theatre that is definitely going places.
  • Shannon Musgrave:
    15 Oct. 2018
    I directed a reading of this play for Salt Lake Acting Company's New Play Sounding Series. It was a joy to work with Rachel on this fast-paced, multi-faceted, smart, and funny piece that tackles environmental issues, the tech industry, and the complexity of women in positions of power. It's a play that asks you to grapple with your own definitions of feminism and morality. It made our audience laugh and gasp, and it sparked a super engaging post-play discussion. Fast, one-scene play with three terrific roles for women.
  • John Minigan:
    13 Aug. 2018
    Burst is relentless in the best possible way. The characters and dialogue grab you from the first minute, and it's clear from the start that it's heading to a moment that will bring together the moral and emotional issues of the play. When it happens and we get a full understanding of the "tactics" these characters employ, we're left with the gut-punch of not only a character's guilt, but our own complicity. Clear, compelling, important, and thoroughly engaging.

Character Information

  • Sarah Boyd
    early to mid thirties,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    CEO and Founder of Tactix. Conventionally attractive. Wears slacks, black turtle necks, and either black or gray puffy vests. Often wears red lipstick.
  • Jennifer Weaver
    early to mid thirties,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Chief of Technology for Tactix. Brilliant. Does not put a considerable amount of time in her clothing choices and that shows. Probably wearing a comfy and unflattering sweater or sweatshirt.
  • Alexis Lyons
    late twenties to thirties,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Journalist. Charming, able to make most people she comes in contact with trust her right away. Can at times be overconfident in her charm.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    REACH at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Keegan Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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MACH33: Festival of New Science-Driven Plays
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The Caltech and Pasadena Playhouse
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2019