Produced by Bright Alchemy Theatre at the DC Arts Center, January 2011
Naomi Birdsong-Schultz, daughter of a lapsed Jew and a half-Ute flight attendant, is a brilliant 16-year old searching for her place in the world. When her usually peaceful sleep is plagued by images of her long-dead grandfather talking about the beginning of the world and asking difficult questions, she turns to her online friends for help. This begins a journey through the world’s creation myths and into Naomi’s own history. But one of her cyber-friends isn’t who he says he is, and is determined to force Naomi to answer those difficult questions and face her fears about growing up. (1 act, 60 minutes)
Character Breakdown: (3 women, 3 men minimum)
NAOMI @ AGE 6
This play was developed through a devised process with a group of actors, a director, and designers, who were part of the process throughout. Consequently, there are a minimum number of stage directions. Transitions between scenes—especially going from Naomi’s room and the chatroom into the myths and stories—should be fluid, if not instantaneous, and so large set pieces are discouraged. In production, whenever possible, the actors playing Naomi’s chatroom friends should play the characters in the stories. Also, the creatively excessive use of multimedia (projections, real-time projected text, video, shadow puppetry, etc.) is encouraged.