Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents Girl in the Machine
Polly and Owen have nailed it. Successful in their careers and wildly in love with each other, they feel ready to take on the world. But when a mysterious new technology, promising a break from the daily grind, creeps into everyone’s phones, their world is turned upside down. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same. Girl in the Machine is a disturbing but compassionate vision of our potential digital future, and what it might mean for "life" as we know it.
Girl in the Machine challenges what it means to live forever, but not in a way that suggests avoiding death. The painful but necessary growth these characters endure shows that sometimes part of a person must die before they can truly live. It seeks an understanding of what it means to chase bliss, however dangerous that may be. Polly and Owen must work to sustain their passionate love as immensely different people with contrasting needs in a time of cosmic ambiguity. It begs the question of what happens when people leave this world, if they are a part of something bigger, or if they are victims of their own delusions of grandeur. Stef Smith’s character writing is unmatched in its poeticism and emotional depths, and forces the audience to connect with both Owen and Polly’s intricate and abstract journey.
In a time of such uncertainty in the world, Girl in the Machine is extremely relevant and current. This visceral piece will leave audiences with questions that will extend past the characters and into their own sense of self.