Age of Bees

There’s an advantage to living out where everyone else has abandoned hope. 
Because that's exactly where you find it.

Sarah (Courtney Deuser) asks Deborah (Lexy Weixel) to read from Revelations. MADLAB, Columbus, OH, 2012

Sarah (Courtney Deuser) asks Deborah (Lexy Weixel) to read from Revelations. MADLAB, Columbus, OH, 2012

synopsis 

The bees have gone, and the world struggles to keep up with the resulting ecological and economic changes.   In the midst of this, we meet Mel, a young woman who has found sanctuary on an agricultural compound, where there's food and safety. She works alongside other girls, also orphans or castoffs. Sarah and Zed, who run the farm, hope that their next child will be a boy; Sarah is at the end of her fertility, however, and, to her dismay, Mel stands next in line to carry children for Zed.  Into this uncertain sanctuary steps Jonathan, an independent field researcher who collects samples of plants to forestall additional ecological devastation. Meeting Mel provides a glimmer of other kinds of scientific riches on this compound, and he is determined to take her with him. Zed's history of violence makes any escape a dangerous proposition.   Still, there's the hope that something new can grow, that something good can come from the ruined world they struggle to make theirs.

Jonathan (Travis Horseman) checks in to the base. MADLAB, 2012.

Jonathan (Travis Horseman) checks in to the base. MADLAB, 2012.

cast

3w/1m

  • DEBORAH    Late teens.
  • MEL    22, but looks younger.
  • SARAH    Late 30s
  • JONATHAN    Late 20s.

 

Mel (Mikayla Sherfy) waits as Jonathan (Andrew Rea) sutures her cut. Tesseract Theater, 2015

Mel (Mikayla Sherfy) waits as Jonathan (Andrew Rea) sutures her cut. Tesseract Theater, 2015

production history

April 2015          Missouri/Midwest Premiere, Tesseract Theater, St. Louis, MO.
November 2012   Production (World Premiere), MadLab Theater, Columbus, OH. Director: Jim Azelvandre
November 2011   ALAP Reading Series, Tree People, Los Angeles, CA.
June 2011           SEEDS Series, Reading, 9Thirty Theatre Company, Astoria, NY. Director: Joanna Bowzer
June 2009           Workshop production, Company of Angels, Los Angeles, Director: Tina Sanchez
December 2008   Staged Reading, “Visions of Dystopia” Festival of Plays, Company of Angels, Los Angeles,