In this agitprop style dark comedy about Nuclear war an ensemble of actors play identical personnel in American and Russian ICBM launch facilities. Lt. Brad Jones has written a thesis called Schrodinger’s Bomb that, using the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox as a basis, asserts that while we all live under threat of nuclear war with our imperfect launch systems on hair-trigger alert, mankind is both alive and dead at the same time. At the same time a sudden onset of a conscience will not allow him to even pretend to launch a missile even during a drill. The story centers around his efforts to build up the nerve to launch the missile to force an endgame even if he has to bypass the failsafe controls by hacking into the launch control computers, and the Russian’s possible responses to launches by the Americans. In one of the abstract scenes a nuclear warhead, a globe representing the world, and a cat are put in a box. In the final scene, following an actual launch by both sides the box is opened, but the play ends before we can see what’s left inside.
Psylo, The Musical adds these satirical songs to the mix. Hey, why hold back?
- We’re Off To Launch A Missile (to the tune of Yellow Brick Road)
- ICBMs (to the tune of Private Eyes)
- North Dakota (to the tune of Oklahoma)
- I’m a Husskie Russkie Commie (to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy)
- 99 Missiles (like 99 Bottles of Beer)
- Mr. Radar (to the tune of Mr. Postman)
- Off We Go into the Nuclear Winter (to the Air Force Theme song)
- The Star Spangled Elegy (yes, that one)
A no holds barred production of this play would also include handling out the Survival Under Atomic Attack Booklet (shown below) as part of the admission and playing the CD collection of Songs from the Nuclear Age during Intermission.
Psylo was written in a workshop and has had a staged reading and enthusiastic reviews by directors. Contact Dave Cintron for script, props and guidance through this insanity called Mutually Assured Destruction.
8-12 Actors. One location.
Organizations dedicated to Nuclear non-proliferation
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear War News
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Why don’t we have parades like this in America?
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It’s 1962 all over again!
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Here we go again …
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