*a geological, indigenous history of north-east Kansas as dreamt by the Topeka Holidome on 6th & Fairlawn, spring 1989
An official and unofficial fellow drink at the bar. A lone child plays the arcade. The swimming pool licks itself. Front desk checks in. A coyote roams the premises. And a glacier waits for a passing elder.
Director: Jess Chayes
Playwright: Adam R. Burnett
Choreographer: lisa nevada
Performers: Kate Schroeder, Lani Fu, Sam Gonzalez, Manny Rivera, Richard Thieriot *, Ben Beckley (on video), and the voice of Jayne Houdyshell as The Great Ghost Earth (yes, that Jayne Houdyshell!!!)
Video Design: David Pym
Scenic Design: Ethan Gould
Light Design: Emma Rivera
Sound Design: Asa Wember
Stage Manager: Manny Rivera
Asst. Director/Production Manager: Jess Cummings
Set in a Holiday Inn Holidome – a brand of the franchise that proliferated the United States in the 1970’s & 80’s as a resort-like setting for the middle class – and in the middlest part of the country, where quiet and subtle magic occur, a family checks in to escape their home, six blocks away. Over the course of the evening, the hotel’s non-human inhabitants and the surrounding landscape overtake the narrative, as the forgotten geological, ecological and indigenous histories of the Great Plains come into focus for the hotel’s guests.