June 8, 2017

One Way

Music by Ben Bonnema
Lyrics by Christopher Staskel
Book by Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel

Naomi, a young Canadian astrophysicist is selected as a finalist to go on the first one-way trip to Mars. Hundreds of thousands have applied through Fourth Planet, a new not-for-profit organization, and only fifty remain in the running. Naomi’s partner Elaine struggles to understand why the mission is worth a human life. Naomi must choose: venture to Mars in the name of scientific advancement and human exploration or remain here on Earth to be with the woman she loves.

Development History

  • December 2014 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 6
  • July 2015 – First Act Reading at Musical Theatre Factory
  • May 2016 – Developmental Residency at Musical Theatre Factory
  • August 2017
    • Selected for Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Residency
    • Selected to present 30 minutes of material at “From Page To Stage” a new theatre festival at The Other Place theatre in London