(a play about waste)


In 1780 England, William Herschel and his sister Caroline are building homemade telescopes in an attempt to reach the future and an uncatalogued star. In 2080 on the planet Uranus, two siblings are traveling backwards in time in an attempt to re-collect everything they have ever thrown away. A tale of cycles, legacy and industry inspired by contemporary problems of waste, Grimms’ Hansel and Gretel and the Greek origin story.

impossible question

Can we move forward without leaving something behind? Can we value the past without hindering progress?

artists & HISTORY

URANUS was written by Jeremy Pickard, and was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. It was developed in 2007 at the Oracle Club in Ithaca, NY, and a first draft was produced in 2008 with Upright Egg Theater Company in Minneapolis. A second draft was produced in NYC in 2010, and a third draft was written and read in 2015 at VoxFest at Dartmouth College

The company for the 2008 production in Minneapolis:

Directed by Jeremy Pickard
Performed by Jason Bucklin, Kate Cook, Timothy Daly, Kristin Foster, Brian O'Neal, Matt Riggs, Randy Schmeling, Teale Sperling, Sigrid Sutter
Sound Design by Jason Bucklin
Produced by the members of Upright Egg Theater Company

The company for the 2010 production in NYC:

Directed by Jeremy Pickard
Performed by Jon Erdman, Maria Portman Kelly, Matt Luceno, Katey Parker, Thom Pasculli, Teale Sperling, and Anne Zager
Costumes by Teale Sperling

Additional workshop collaborators: Alyssa D'Nay Duerksen, Heather Frase, Matt Gall, Danny Gardner, Sean Golan, Alex Krasser, Teeny Lamothe, James Pickard, Elizabeth Seldin, and Dan Stermer