Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How to Live on Earth

Written by MJ Kaufman
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Produced by Colt Coeur

Nominated for: Outstanding Sound Design, M.L. Dogg; Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role, Charles Socarides

About the Production
Four individuals will be chosen for the mission of a lifetime. The only catch: they can’t come back. As applicants compete, they wrestle with what this means for their families, partners, and finally, themselves. What does it mean to leave Earth forever and what happens if you don't get to go after you've already said goodbye? How to Live on Earth is a play about our unrelenting obsession with the next frontier and the desire to give your life for something greater than yourself. Inspired in part by the Mars One project to colonize Mars by 2025, this piece is a funny, wry, and deeply truthful portrait of the fears and hopes that drive us towards exploration and expansion.

Designer M.L. Dogg and Actor Charles Socarides talk about creating a futuristic world.


What attracted you to this production?

M.L.: I really wanted to work with the director and the company. The subject matter was interesting. I liked the script.

What was the most challenging aspect of this production for you?

M.L.: It had a lot of technical elements that all had to work together, and in my area there was a lot of work to put it all together. It was easily my biggest show last year.

What was it like working with Colt Coeur?

M.L.: They're very creative, smart, and friendly, and work really hard to put their shows up. It was a lot of hard work, but we felt really proud of it, and I'm happy that it and the company are being recognized.

Charles:  Writer MJ Kaufman and director Adrienne Campbell-Holt are highly collaborative. Colt Coeur is a fantastic company.

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