The Absent Minded

Boyd is stuck in his head. He can't concentrate on his drone-piloting work, on his relationships, or even on sex. When his wife Monica issues him an ultimatum to work on his mental health, Boyd turns to a mad scientist to give his brain a literal out-of-body experience. Will it be enough to save Boyd and Monica's marriage? A dark sci-fi comedy about the mind-body problem.

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Boyd is stuck in his head. He can't concentrate on his drone-piloting work, on his relationships, or even on sex. When his wife Monica issues him an ultimatum to work on his mental health, Boyd turns to a mad scientist to give his brain a literal out-of-body experience. Will it be enough to save Boyd and Monica's marriage? A dark sci-fi comedy about the mind-body problem.

From Unicorn Theatre's Semifinalist Rating for its In-Progress New Play Reading Series: "Our readers especially appreciated the exploration of the concept of isolation and how it affects one's relationships with others. They thought that the play asks us to consider how a sense of disconnect within the self affects our entire lives and whether embracing our internal chaos will help or make things even worse. Our readers enjoyed the script's magical realism feel and thought that it told an interesting, often melancholic story balanced with wit and absurdity."
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The Absent Minded

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  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a SEMIFINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support THE ABSENT MINDED.

Character Information

  • Boyd
    30ish,
    Male
    M, 30ish. Lapsed Catholic. Any ethnicity.
  • Monica
    30ish,
    Eastern European descent
    ,
    Female
    F, 30ish. Jewish. Eastern European descent. Married to Boyd.
  • The Doctors Rameen
    30ish,
    Middle Eastern or African descent.
    ,
    Female
    F, 30ish. Muslim. Middle Eastern or African descent. Triplets
    who are Boyd's doctors throughout the play. From oldest to
    youngest, they are the oncologist (AMINAH), the mad
    neuroscientist (BEENISH), and the psychiatrist (KASHI). They
    are all played by the same actor.
  • Hollis
    30ish,
    Male
    M, 30ish. Any ethnicity. Boyd's friend and business partner.
    Crass, but just wants to be loved.
  • Drone
    Male
    M, 30ish. A small, remote-operated, quadrotor aircraft. This
    actor also plays THE BODY of BOYD after his operation, but
    they don't have to look alike, be the same ethnicity, etc.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Nova, Ann Arbor
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    The New Colony
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Shattered Globe Theatre
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    The Ruckus
    ,
    2014

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
In-Progress New Play Reading Series
,
,
2019