Mars, Ohio

In the year 2050, fifty-two regular Americans will be selected to join the first city-settlement on Mars through the most rigorous selection process known to human-kind: reality TV.
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Mars, Ohio

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    3 Dec. 2020
    Smartly written speculative fiction that makes incisive points about reality tv, celebrity, human achievement, and the ways that public figures utilize the media to manipulate others' perceptions of them. The surprises, much like a reality show, come fast and furious and really capture the scripted/real dichotomy of the genre. The characters are interesting and well-defined (and you can truly see the reality tv archetypes at play), and the pieces situation in the midwest offers pointed and essential commentary on urban coastal America vs. the more rural midwest.

Character Information

  • Riley Kingston
    30s - 50s,
    She/her
    Savvy reality-media mogul, host, and executive producer / creator of the Mars 52 project.
  • Elena
    20s-40s,
    She/her
    Professional gamer / hacker. Here to win.
  • Brooklyn
    20s-30s,
    She/her
    7th grade science teacher. Here to inspire.
  • Koah
    20s-40s,
    He / him
    Engineer. Here to play and not make friends.
  • Jackman
    20s-30s,
    He / him
    Lifelong streaming channel star. Here to have fun.
  • Gemma
    30s-40s,
    She/her
    Scientist / small town mayor. Here to change the world.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Tantrum East
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
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    Tantrum East
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
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    Curtain Players Theatre
    ,
    2019