Standing Alone

 

This twelve-minute experimental play explores the challenges of dealing with the aftermath of large wildfires that strike residential areas.  As the play opens, the Wildfire Victims recount the moments in which they escaped the fast-approaching fire.  The Woman emerges from the group, and progressively shares her experiences of confusion, anger, and guilt, as she examines the charred terrain that used to be her neighborhood.

 

During her journey of coping with this traumatic event, the Woman remembers past conversations with her neighbors, some of whom have died, and all of whom have lost their homes.  As she learns that her house is the only one not touched by the fire, the Woman experiences encounters with several different Wildfire Victims, including one who is deceased, but who haunts her, asking about his house and his art collection.  Although she struggles to make connections with her neighbors and with the injured who remain hospitalized, in the end, the staging reminds us that the Woman is left standing alone.

 

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Cast size:

5-6

 

Gender:

1 female, 1 male, 3-4 either gender

Period:

The static time of guilt in the present.

Location:

A barren burnt-down cul-de-sac neighborhood.

Set:

A mostly bare stage.  All locations are commingled onto a single stage, with no furniture or props to separate them.

 

Blocking:

Conventional blocking and presentation in the style of realism should both be used sparingly.

 

 

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Production History

 

Standing Alone received its premiere production as part of Si Molesto con Mi Canto: A Concert of New Socio-Political Works, produced by Edge Theatre Ensemble at the Chamber Theater in Seattle, Washington, on April 1-3, 2005.  The play was directed by Linda Lombardi, with Sound Design created by Larry Ryan; and was performed by the following cast:

 

 

Woman

Sarah Ahrens

Wildfire Victim #1

Brittany Quist

Wildfire Victim #2

Carolynne Wilcox

Wildfire Victim #3

J. Spyder Isaacson

Wildfire Victim #4

Mok Moser