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Bad Kid

The Vast Machine
Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

October 8 - November 7, 2015
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8PM
Added performances: Monday, October 12; Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm.
There is NO performance on Saturday, October 31.

Tickets are $45 Adults; $30 Seniors/Students
Preview Ticket prices are $25 for October 8, 9, 10 & 12

or call TheaterMania at 1.866.811.4111

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.
Contact Emily Reilly at (718) 643-9052 or

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?

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