Produced by Locked In The Attic Productions
Nominated for: Outstanding Original Full-Length Script, Seanie Sugrue; and Outstanding Premier Production of a Play
About the Production
One Way To Pluto!, is an existential journey through the life of Peter Cooper, a hostile persona struggling to make sense of his transgender dysphoria. Falling out of grace with everyone around him, Peter plunges from shared housing to homelessness, seldom user to heroin junkie and from punk rock drummer to pathetic, washed-up rock star. Destroyed by his ego, comfort comes through a psychedelic journey to Pluto and back with Dwight, a chronic vagabond, and from an act of criminal desperateness, he befriends one of Pluto’s moons. This story is a restless exploration of one man’s search to find meaning and delves into the fight against personal delusion, addiction, and the trepidation of inferiority.
Playwright Seanie Sugrue and Company Manager, Amanda Martin share their thoughts on creating this challenging "punk theatre" piece.
What was your favorite part of working on this production?
Seanie: Getting to work with Dan Sweeney and Bret Koheart of Acquiesce (the band), two guys who I've hung out with in the village for over a decade, were kind enough to let us use their music to soundtrack the play.
What did you want the audience to come away with after watching One Way to Pluto!?
Amanda: We wanted to offer them a time out from their financial insecurity. We believe in the pursuit of happiness and that money, materialism and capitalism shouldn't be the answers to what they are looking for.
What was the biggest challenge of working on this production?
Seanie: When I wrote the play, I wrote the part of Johnny for our dear friend James Anthony Tropeano III (Jimmie), who had worked on our last two productions. This past December, weeks before rehearsals were set to begin, he was killed in a tragic accident. The most challenging part was replacing him and rehearsing knowing that Jimmy wasn't playing his role. Most of the actors were friends with Jimmie so we had a pretty rough time with it, but we knew the show had to go on.
What was it like working with Locked in the Attic Production?
Seanie: Their commitment is remarkable. We have worked with a very brilliant and committed group of people. Many of the actors in One Way to Pluto! have been with us for the last 5 productions, including 4 original plays within a year.
What was it like working with Seanie?
Amanda: Seanie is amazing, because you can’t teach what he does.