By and By

BY AND BY is a heavy-on-the-science sci-fi thriller about a father, the edge of technology, and the lengths we go to for love. The play provides a wild and challenging doubled-role for an actress to pull off a bit of a coup-de-theatre at the end.
Steven is a nerd of a father who's daughter Denise has just found out that she is very, VERY special. Denise breaks from her father after hearing this...
BY AND BY is a heavy-on-the-science sci-fi thriller about a father, the edge of technology, and the lengths we go to for love. The play provides a wild and challenging doubled-role for an actress to pull off a bit of a coup-de-theatre at the end.
Steven is a nerd of a father who's daughter Denise has just found out that she is very, VERY special. Denise breaks from her father after hearing this news, running away to find out for herself who (and how) she is. As Steven chases after his daughter across the northeast he is met/haunted by his wife, the woman he lost all those years ago, the woman who's love he's been trying to recreate.
In the end Steven is forced to let go of everything or risk losing both the memory of his wife and the bright future of his daughter. A play about the threat of edgy science turns out to be a play about how even the people we've lost continue to make us better people if we let them.
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By and By

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  • Megan Ann Jacobs:
    25 Aug. 2020
    This is my first introduction to Gunderson's work and...wow, this show takes complicated (often theoretical) science and turns it into a fascinating and real page-turner! There are several layers to Gunderson's work making it a very interesting piece of theatre that pushes us to our limits as an audience and gives a director lots of things to play with. Would love to see this staged!
  • NICOLE PERRY:
    30 Apr. 2020
    I love Lauren Gunderson's ability to take on science with art! Cloning, time travel, personal and professional ethics are all at play in this piece. And, of course, the power of love!
  • Lainie Vansant:
    13 Jan. 2019
    This play is a creative, scientific, time-warping trip with ghosts, clones, strong women, and a lot of brutal honesty. It pushes the edge of what theatre can do and is sure to leave audiences plenty to talk about over drinks after the final curtain. Gunderson's work is always a pleasure, and this play is no exception.

Production History

  • Professional
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    Shotgun Players
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    2013