Girl Becomes Bone

Girl Becomes Bone is about religion. In the future. In outer space. It’s a human play about the unknown. It’s also about trust, love and believing with every fiber of your existence. Set on a distant future planet where Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem’s Duino Elegies are the seminal religious text, a young woman – also named Rainer - commits to the ultimate expression of faith; to return to a dead Earth and audio...
Girl Becomes Bone is about religion. In the future. In outer space. It’s a human play about the unknown. It’s also about trust, love and believing with every fiber of your existence. Set on a distant future planet where Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem’s Duino Elegies are the seminal religious text, a young woman – also named Rainer - commits to the ultimate expression of faith; to return to a dead Earth and audio record reflections on the Elegies while self-mummifying. Rainer’s mother’s own failed attempt twenty-six years prior left her feeling abandoned and betrayed. Will Rainer’s own faithless journey bring her peace or will she too disintegrate into Earth’s dust?
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Girl Becomes Bone

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  • Darcy Parker Bruce:
    6 Apr. 2018
    I love the way Callan's brain works and I love this play. GIRL BECOMES BONE is an expansive and intimate look at a world and its promise left behind. Callan writes characters you invest yourself in, and the language of this play is so lovely and specific and poetic. I love it, and I hope it's read and produced widely.
  • Aeneas Sagar Hemphill:
    28 Feb. 2018
    A meditative, philosophical, space opera. It reminds me of 2001 or Solaris in its use of the genre to reflect back at, or probe the depths of humanity and spirituality.
  • Matt Barbot:
    24 Apr. 2017
    A bracing story of the things we hold sacred, and the things we can't take with us.

Character Information

  • The Lover
    unknownable,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    unknownable
    A recorded voice and a mummified body on display in the temple in Quadrant 23
  • Acolyte
    Any Age,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Any
    Care taker of the temple in Quadrant 23, facilitates the religious practices, rituals and ceremonies at the temple
  • Rainer
    about 30 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    childhood friend with Emma and Linos, being smart comes easy to her, skeptical and harsh on her friends, because she has high expectations for them, only because she loves them deeply
  • Emma
    30 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    childhood friend with Rainer and Linos, rich, spoiled, generous, used to getting what she wants
  • Linos
    about 30 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    childhood friend with Emma and Rainer, easy go lucky, was once probably the class clown, but "adulthood" has set in a little
  • Tobias
    over 55 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Rainer's father, a hard worker with a deep sadness in his spirit, but he's good at continuing to go forward
  • Guardian
    Over 60 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Any
    Care taker on the spaceship, has been secluded from society and has not set foot on solid ground for at least 35 Earth years.
  • Gaspara
    27 Earth years old,
    mixed race/ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    From Quadrant 8, bubbly, kind and unquestioningly dedicated to the religion

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Ampersand Theatre Company
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Pipeline Theatre Company
    ,
    2016