Waking Gaia by Brian Richardson


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Waking Gaia by Brian Richardson

In the very near future at Henriette University a guest computer scientist is working collegially with the Head of the Computer Department. She is unconventional in her approach while he is rigidly misogynist with a scarcely concealed racist streak toward his BIPOC colleague. When they accidentally set off a momentary reaction across the Internet he sees its development as a possible source of income. She sees this as a dangerous pursuit and refuses to investigate further development. She says when they conclude their work on a shield for their institutions' computer systems she will return to the Watsonian Institute of Technology as their collegial purpose will be done.

In the Science faculty of Henriette an Eco-Biologist is using the Gaia Theory as her basis in creating a figure to focus the general population on the climate crisis as a way to mount pressure on governments and Industry to slow the environmental damage before it causes the end of the Anthropocene Era and thus humanity. Recognizing that Gaia is a mythological embodiment of Earth she seeks the help of a poetic Anthropologist to aid in her creation. Once persuaded he and she soon move beyond collaboration to a romantic involvement. This rankles the Computer Head as he has failed to attract the Eco-Biologist.

The interaction between the four characters leads to an unexpected outcome.

Keywords: Gaia Theory. Anthropocene Era. Climate Crisis. Mythology.

Genre: Science Fiction Comedy/Drama
Acts: 2
Run time: 100 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Content notes: Contains one brief use of the "F-word", and a description of a death from meningitis

Cast size: 4 actors
Male roles: 2
Female role: 2
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 2
Other roles: 4
Casting note: The BIPOC role is of someone who could be of any background but likely S.E Asian. The "Other roles" are voice-only as part of the audio visual aspect of the play.