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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  • 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.
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    27 Apr. 2016
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend John King and their play BlueShift as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers especially appreciated the palpable relationship between Damon and Martha and the mix of humor and mystery in this exploration of depression and alcoholism.

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