Deadwood meets Memento. With women.
It’s 1899. Frank and Belinda stand at the threshold of a new life in the Yukon Gold Rush. But are they really brother and sister? And what horror did they leave behind? Even if the law catches up with them, will it matter in this wild frontier? Told in a dark, poetic, and fractured way, RUSH asks whether escaping your past only makes it haunt you all the more.
Nominee, Best Original Play, Seacoast Spotlight Awards, 2015
Nominated for 4 New York Innovative Theater Awards, 2016 (Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role Lauren Nordvig, Outstanding Set Design Jennifer Neads, Outstanding Lighting Design Chelsie McPhilimy, Outstanding Original Music Ryan McCurdy)
Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and the Yukon Territory. 1899-1900.
- BELINDA, any race, early 20s. Odd. Careful. Knows too much and too little about the wrong things.
- FRANK, same race as Belinda, mid- to late 20s. Quick to anger. Wasn’t always like this.
- ROSIE, Tlingit, early 20s. Practical and suspicious for every good reason. Mostly honest.
- ALICE, white, mid- to late 20s. Savvy entrepreneur with a secret or three. From Ohio.
- JEB, any age, any race, preferably black. Rough but harmless and well-meaning prospector.
- GARRISON, man, white, any age. The implacable face of the law.
- DOCTOR, woman, Scottish, any age. Has seen too much.
- NEIGHBOR, woman, any race, any age. Has not seen nearly enough.
The play can be done with six actors by doubling Doctor/Rosie (or Alice) and Neighbor/Alice (or Rosie).
Production & Development History
- Production, Team Awesome Robot, 2015
- Production, The Players' Ring, 2015
Additional workshops and readings at Snowlion Playlab, Lark Play Development Center, Hunter College.