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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  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    26 Apr. 2022
    Burst grabbed me immediately and didn't let me go until the final beat. Bublitz has crafted a tightrope walk of a play that delves into the meaty terrain of women relationships in business and power and ethics in Silicon Valley. The writing is crisp and visual, the tension is thick and the story is riveting. I'd love to see this one on stage!
  • Cheryl Bear:
    30 Apr. 2021
    A fascinating look at a change maker on a fight towards making progress in technology and the impact on the world. Powerful and well done!
  • Bethany Dickens Assaf:
    27 Jan. 2021
    WOW. I cannot say enough good about this piece. The gender dynamics alone are striking, startling, and yet effortlessly authentic. The characters are drawn with great care and depth and the dialogue is sharp and well-informed, without being dense or overly expositional. The parallels to Elizabeth Holmes add relevance to the piece but "Burst" has a great deal more on its mind (environmental consumerism, female-female relationships, the myth of white male tech genius), which come together to form a melancholy, aching, and urgent tone.

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
    ,
    Theatre Midwest
    ,
    2022
  • Reading
    ,
    MACH33: Festival of New Science-Driven Plays, The Caltech and Pasadena Playhouse
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Theatre 33
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Ground & Field Theatre Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    REACH at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Keegan Theatre
    ,
    2018

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Local Theater Company’s 10th annual Local Lab 2021
,
Local Theater Company
,
2020
Semi-Finalist
,
MACH33: Festival of New Science-Driven Plays
,
The Caltech and Pasadena Playhouse
,
2019