M and The Water Man

The Earth’s spin has slowed and the sun is scorching relentlessly as The Water Man makes his last delivery to M, a recluse living in the desert. When The Water Man invites M to join him in the remaining underground community, M must decide if she wants to live or die.
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M and The Water Man

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  • Eli Effinger-Weintraub:
    19 Oct. 2018
    A spare and beautiful piece that uses silences as eloquently as speech to paint a vibrant picture of a bleak reality. A dystopian drama that is by turns harrowing, all too believable, and surprisingly hopeful, all anchored in a pair of characters who we connect to easily, even if we haven't suffered what they've suffered.
  • Greg Lam:
    4 Oct. 2018
    As someone who writes sci-fi myself, I appreciate good world building and when the playwright manages to remember that the characters are fully formed people beyond the requirements of the sci-fi premise. Vaughn paints indelible characters with the barest of brush strokes, hurt survivors defined by their boundaries.
  • Joshua Brewer:
    2 Oct. 2018
    In a future where even the cacti have burnt up, Hannah Vaughn manages to spin a talk of love, grief, and guilt. Written with a dearth of language that perfectly fits a world without respite, M and The Water Man finds two characters on the edge of existence, desperately clinging to whatever they can to make it through. A touching Sci-fi tale that more than delivers.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Midwest Dramatist Conference
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
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    Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    The Navigators
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
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    Paper Kraine
    ,
    2017