November 20–JANUARY 3
LETTER FROM TIM: MARJORIE PRIME
I have the same reluctance to talk about the role artificial intelligence plays in Marjorie Prime as I had to discuss the nuclear meltdown setting of Anne Washburn’s acclaimed Mr. Burns. In some respects, both plays feel as if they were written in response to our pop culture’s unslakeable appetite for certain sensationalistic science fiction tropes.
PLAYWRIGHT'S PERSPECTIVE: MARJORIE PRIME
Jordan Harrison chats with an artificial intelligence app to illuminate his play's origins.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR
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THE AMERICAN VOICE: Someway Else
Bainbridge Island, where Jordan Harrison grew up, is rustic and lush, marked by winding two-lane roads that cut through sheets of gothic Pacific Northwest mist as they weave along an expanse of jagged, soaring coastline; in my experience, you’re about as likely to encounter a harbor seal there as you are a person.
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BACKSTORY: Here Comes Singularity
“Science fiction writers don’t predict the future (except accidentally),” argues novelist Cory Doctorow in an essay called “Radical Presentism.” “But if they’re very good, they may manage to predict the present.”
During the run of Marjorie Prime, post-performance discussions with the creative team have been scheduled for the following dates:
These discussions are an important aspect of our play development process. We hope you can take part!
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