Featuring: Brian Barnhart, Brian Carter, George Demas, Sean Patrick Monahan and Julian Rozzell
Lighting Design: David Zeffren and Amy Harper
Sound Design: Steve Fontaine
Set Design: Chad Yarborough
Costume Design: Karl Ruckdeschel
Prop Design: Lynn Mancinelli
Public Relations: Blake Zidell & Assoc.
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THE VAST MACHINE
Although the ocean-going element of the slave trade was outlawed internationally in 1808, human beings continued to be shipped to work in the plantations and factories of the New World. The governments of the United Kingdom and America developed a kind of police fleet called Interceptors that patrolled the Middle Passage, arresting and sometimes disposing of slave ship crews before returning the captives to the African continent.
The Vast Machine
takes place on the Perisher, a Guineaman completely becalmed on a mirror-like sea and trapped under an endless gray dome. Following an unsuccessful slave insurrection, the crew is almost completely decimated by illness, alcohol and accident, and is quickly running out of food and water. The remaining five members must decide what to do with the 123 living people beneath the deck. They spy a tiny speck on the horizon line. Is it an Interceptor? A fellow slaver who may tow them to safety? A whaling ship that could spare oars and a long boat?
The Vast Machine
explores questions including: Who were the crewmen that perpetrated the complex and multi-faceted crime of slavery? Who would take this work knowing what it entailed? Is there a vast machine that still grinds away today existing only because of the complacency and fear of the witness?