BlueShift

Damon bought a house, and Martha is moving in with him. But she has trouble finding a room of her own in the new place. Meanwhile the house has spiders, raccoons, sad paint, and a neighbor who seems a bit too excited that a mixed-race couple has moved in. Turns out this may not be the best place for Martha to fight off her past demons. And speaking of demons: what is that coming out of the trunk in the attic?...
Damon bought a house, and Martha is moving in with him. But she has trouble finding a room of her own in the new place. Meanwhile the house has spiders, raccoons, sad paint, and a neighbor who seems a bit too excited that a mixed-race couple has moved in. Turns out this may not be the best place for Martha to fight off her past demons. And speaking of demons: what is that coming out of the trunk in the attic?

A ghost story about depression and time travel.
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BlueShift

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  • Ramona Rose King:
    9 Nov. 2019
    This beautiful play is a theatrical, mind-bending love story. It really drives home the fact that the scariest thing to be haunted by is yourself—your past and your potential future(s).
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2017-2018 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support BLUESHIFT.
  • Kitchen Dog Theater:
    4 Jun. 2017
    We are pleased to support this play! It was a Finalist for the 2017 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater in Dallas, Texas.

Character Information

  • MARTHA
    30s,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    An astrophysics nerd with mental health issues. 32 years old, black female.
  • DAMON
    late 20's,
    White
    ,
    Male
    Martha's beau; graphic designer who wants to be drawing comics. 26, white male.
  • JEAN
    60s,
    White
    ,
    Female
    A neighbor lady who likes tea, cross-stitching, and bridge. 60s, white female.
  • MARTHA-19
    19,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    “Young Black and Fabulous” meets “just jumped off a tall building.” 19-year-old black female. Doubles with “CHERIE.”
  • MARTHA-42
    42,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    Looks like she’s been drowned in a marsh for a week. Late 40’s, black female.
  • CHERIE
    19,
    Black
    ,
    Female
    Interdimensional pancake tourist, Future-Style. Doubles with “MARTHA-19.”

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Huntington Theatre Company
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
,
In-Progress New Play Reading Series
,
Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MS
,
2018
Semi-Finalist
,
Bay Area Playwrights Festival
,
Playwrights Foundation
,
2018
Finalist
,
New Play Festival
,
Kitchen Dog Theatre, Dallas, TX
,
2017
Finalist
,
National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugen O'Neill Theatre Center
,
2016