Cannibal Galaxy: a love story
A new play by Charise Greene
Directed by Jenn Haltman

June 8-17, 2018
New Ohio Theatre


It’s business as usual at the Washington D.C. Science Museum where the employees’ personal lives keep getting in the way. Jo wants a child but is unable to secure an inseminator. Chet longs to make love, but dating kinda sucks and gaming is way more awesome. Claire searches for purpose by digging directly toward the center of the earth. Vadim prioritizes the needs of others but wouldn’t know his own if they crawled into bed with him. Eloise lives in a treehouse and brushes her teeth with space particles. When chaos ravages a perfectly average day, these co-workers are flung into a cosmic galactic shift, rearranging their internal cartography. In these desperate times, Cannibal Galaxy: a love story is a new play about how we keep breathing as America eats itself alive.


PRESS

It’s a surprising exploration of the impossible space between us. It’s a harrowing look at how the everyman deals with self-implosion after an unexpected catastrophic supernova-style life event. While our “cannibal” galaxy devours the smaller ones in its orbit above, America seems to be eating itself below. The play questions if our violent collisions and interactions permanently leave vast distances between us that can never be traversed. It’s a riveting work where both the micro- and macrocosm share the stage, where the milky way feels present in the room as well as the smallest human quarks, leaving us clinging to the gravitational force field of…love?

Jenn Haltman’s direction of this interesting work is highly inventive. Her use of spatial relationships between animate and inanimate elements is simply brilliant. I loved the way she used the space at the New Ohio Theatre creating worlds within worlds and the unexpected ways that she broke the fourth wall – constantly expanding the universe of the play and its characters. Her vision for the piece is evident in each masterful moment and the attention to detail of the emotional through line...

[This] production...is a discourse on our own hunger – for connection, for belonging, for filling the empty space within. Cannibal Galaxy: a love story operates like the Mars Rover collecting data about the surface of things and hinting at the caverns and mysteries that lie undiscovered beneath.
— Jacquelyn Claire, Stage Biz
Well-produced, well-acted...[Greene’s] characters’ candid discussions excavate spot-on truths about our current society...

Each of the cast members skillfully maneuvers from dramatic to comedic moments and makes the emotional scenes feel authentic and nuanced, provoking sympathy for the characters, despite their flaws. Cannibal Galaxy tackles familiar ground in a new way, and director Jenn Haltman and her team use this unique script as an impetus to create an unusual and innovative theatrical experience that stays in your memory long after the lights come up.
— Adrienne Urbanski, Theatre Is Easy
Lavishly designed and performed with compelling honesty...
— Jara Jones, Theater That Matters
Cannibal Galaxy: a love story benefits from strength of concept and cast-demographic...
— Chris Behmke, My Entertainment World

INTERVIEWS


PRODUCTION PHOTOS


CAST

(in alphabetical order)
Vadim...................................................................Jason C. Brown*
Jo..........................................................................Robin Galloway*
Eloise.......................................................................Olivia Oguma*
Chet...................................................................Dominic F. Russo
Claire...................................................................Becca Schneider
Eloise's Mom/Carrie Henn/Patron..................................Jo Yang*

Cannibal Galaxy: a love story is an Equity Approved Showcase.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

CREATIVE TEAM

Director...................................................................Jenn Haltman
Playwright.............................................................Charise Greene
Scenic Designer........................................................Tim McMath
Costume Designer.......................................................Sarah Thea
Lighting Designer.....................................................Kate Bashore
Sound Designer.............................................................Fan Zhang
Projection Designer................................................Yana Birÿkova
Original Music...............................................................Jerzy Jung
Production Stage Manager.........................Jonathan Castanien*
General Manager....................................................Tzipora Kaplan
Company Manager...........................................Christina Pezzello
Assistant Director............................................Molly Rose Heller
Assistant Stage Manager...................................Amelia Lembeck
Properties Master............................................Maya Lin-Bronner
Press Agent........................................................Emily Owens PR
Poster Design.........................................................Tzipora Kaplan
Lead Producers.........................Jenn Haltman, Becca Schneider
Angel Donor...........................................................Randy Sarafan
Associate Producers...............Charise Greene, Linda and Mark
                    Marrone, Eric Rosen, and Ruth and Ross Roskamp


HISTORY OF THE PLAY

An Ensemble Studio Theatre Sloan finalist, Cannibal Galaxy: a love story was developed by Fault Line Theatre, and Xavier University held a professional workshop in September 2017 directed by Tiffany Nicole Greene, for which it received rave reviews. Our June production at the New Ohio Theatre was the New York Showcase Premiere. View the press release here.

We believe that art is a powerful tool for change, and given our country’s current climate of violence, we were eager to bring people together and reflect upon what has become a national epidemic. With every violent act that occurs on our soil, we are reminded how terrifyingly important it is to tell this story right now. Learn more about the project by watching our fundraising video below.