November 29th - December 22nd, 2012
All shows at 8pm
Fridays & Saturdays with special Thursday preview on 11/29
Age of Bees
by Tira Palmquist
It's the year 2098. The bees are gone, and the world struggles to keep up with the resulting ecological and economic changes.In the midst of this, we meet Mel, a young woman who has found sanctuary on an agricultural compound, where there's food and safety. She works alongside other girls, also orphans or castoffs. Sarah and Zed, who run the farm, hope that their next child will be a boy; Sarah is at the end of her fertility, however, and, to her dismay, Mel stands next in line to carry children for Zed. Into this uncertain sanctuary steps Jonathan, an independent field researcher who collects samples of plants to forestall additional ecological devastation. Meeting Mel provides a glimmer of other kinds of scientific riches on this compound, and he is determined to take her with him. Zed's history of violence makes any escape a dangerous proposition.Still, there's the hope that something new can grow, that something good can come from the ruined world they struggle to make theirs.