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brother sister cyborg space (a developmental reading)

by Paul Michael Thomson

directed by Mikael Burke

August 5

Playing Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm
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Synopsis: In the too-close-for-comfort future, an environmental justice organizer named Giselle and her billionaire baby brother Elon are (unsurprisingly) at odds. She believes the earth and her people are worth saving; he thinks a lucky few should peace out and start over somewhere else. Meanwhile, his virtual assistant Ava has some very nuanced opinions of her own. (Who programmed her to talk so much?!) Set against the backdrop of a rapidly accelerating climate crisis, brother sister cyborg space explores political divisions within families, an expanding definition of humanity, and what we'll do when the clock runs out.

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About the Playwright: Paul Michael Thomson is a Chicago-based playwright, artistic producer and interdisciplinary scholar. Currently pursuing his PhD in Afro-American Studies from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Paul Michael's work explores questions of belonging, definitions of goodness, the challenge of ambition and the systemic nature of oppression.

His plays have been performed throughout Chicago and regionally, including What a Time to Be Alive (You Say That Every Time) (Definition Theatre), Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma! (Good Company Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop), Artemis Books & the Well-Meaning Man (Avalanche Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop), Leave Me Alone! (The Story Theatre), and more.

He is a founding Governing Ensemble member of The Story Theatre, dedicated to the development and production of emerging playwrights in Chicago. Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, and minors in Spanish & Art History. He is grateful for every opportunity he has been given, but especially this commission by Raven Theatre.
Call 773.338.2177 to make your reservation.