Metta Physics, or the Great Flash

Metta Physics, or The Great Flash is the result of a collision between physics, romance, and trauma. Our protagonist Almitra awakens after a car accident into the strange modern paradigm of Quantum Physics and must grapple with her fragmented realities and tragic romances woven together by a crassly post-postmodern grandmother, a partner who always says the wrong things, the ghostly constancy of musicians and...
Metta Physics, or The Great Flash is the result of a collision between physics, romance, and trauma. Our protagonist Almitra awakens after a car accident into the strange modern paradigm of Quantum Physics and must grapple with her fragmented realities and tragic romances woven together by a crassly post-postmodern grandmother, a partner who always says the wrong things, the ghostly constancy of musicians and Butoh dancers, and the determined voices of the prophets-become-scientists.

The shape of the play and the character development mirror seven key theories in Quantum Physics as described to the audience by scientists like Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene, and Andrei Linde. The audience experiences Entanglement and Uncertainty (in which the web of Almitra’s awakening in the hospital encompasses developments in the scientific lab, joyful memories of Grandmother, and the separation of the Primordial Lovers), Inflationary Expansion and Alternate Dimensions (in which the Lovers are pulled further and further apart and Almitra reveals her inner turmoil since losing all concept of linear time), Dark Matter and Anti-Matter (in which Grandmother teaches us about duality and oneness, and the neuroscientists get nowhere with their research), Imaginary Time (in which Almitra travels through statue gardens, memories, secrets, and simultaneous dimensions of perception), Black Holes and Worm Holes (in which Grandmother teaches us about death, and the neuroscientists’ rationality falters), String Theory (in which Almitra visits the scientists in a dream and spacious and galactic music underscores the Lovers’ acceptance of distance), and Magic (in which the curious spiritual quality of Quantum Physics explodes into realms of compassion and sudden insight, in which we no longer can speak about science, in which all the characters float away into the unending abyss).
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Metta Physics, or the Great Flash

Character Information

  • Young Girl
    10-13,
    Any
    ,
    Any, but girl preferred
    Wisdom's granddaughter; innocent, mature for her age (10-13 years old)
  • Surgeon
    probably 30s or up ,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • Primordial Lovers 1 & 2
    any/adult,
    Any
    ,
    any/nonbinary/fluid
    A genderless and poetic couple
  • Nurse
    any,
    Any
    ,
    Any
  • Musicians
    any,
    Any
    ,
    Any
    Perhaps a cellist, a harpist, or sitar player? Stringed instrument preferable
  • Husband
    late 20s-early 40s,
    Any
    ,
    Man
    Almitra’s partner; a neuroscientist; compassionate, over-eager, wears glasses that look like they might be from the 1970's
  • Grandmother Wisdom
    older adult ,
    Any
    ,
    woman
    An old storyteller, heavy smoker, an on-and-off jokester; she has some kind of thick, folksy, coal-country accent
  • Davide
    late 20s-early 40s,
    Any
    ,
    man or nonbinary
    A neuroscience research partner; a traditionalist scientist; has mousy hair and a suit which is obviously a couple sizes too big
  • Almitra
    late 20s-early 40s,
    Any
    ,
    woman/fluid/nonbinary
    A seeress, a well of fragments seeking wholeness, a mix between motherly and androgynous

Awards

Finalist
,
Stage Play Competition
,
ScreenCraft
,
2018