The Listening Room by Michaela Jeffery


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The Listening Room by Michaela Jeffery

Potent and topical, The Listening Room is a powerful new political drama set at the turn of the next century. At the heart of a forgotten society calling itself The Earie, young dissidents use radio telescopes to salvage fragments of earlier civilizations still ricocheting between stars. These 'Listeners' fight against growing pressure from the governing central Council, whose hold over the imaginations of the population of The Earie has all but buried the practice of 'Listening.' As the tone of their world tilts away from discourse and curiosity toward emotional rhetoric and fear-fueled isolationism, the last remaining Listeners - Marcus, Lanolin, Fayette and Rouke - strike out wildly against the new reality. Marcus holds public audiences in the streets. Lanolin keeps secret records in the event of the sudden disappearance of the Listeners. On the eve of a high-profile 'disciplinary hearing,' a blind girl walks seven miles through the desert to the outpost called The Listening Room to ask for sanctuary - Isobel wants to become a Listener…

Keywords: youth, teenagers, radical, revolution, science fiction, speculative fiction, dystopian, political, imagination, courage, mythology, combat, future

Produced by Cardiac Theatre with Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton AB, January 2018
Also produced by the National Theatre School of Canada as part of the New Words Festival - Montreal, QC (2016) and by Nylon Fusion Theatre, New York NY (2019)
Finalist for PGC's 2016 Tom Hendry Awards RBC Emerging Playwright award and Sanguine Theatre's 2017 Project Playwright.

Genre: Drama
Male roles: 3
Female roles: 2
Suitable for students 14+

"...a high stakes, edge-of-my-seat, thrilling yet somehow poetic dystopian drama."
- Erin J. Kahn, Box Five Theatre Reviews
"...The Listening Room explores the weaponization of information, history, narrative, and memory alongside the potentiality of dissent, resistance, and revolution, resonating, as much good speculative fiction does, both with and beyond our present moment. "
- Leah Richards, Culture Catch