The Blue-Sky Boys

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When President Kennedy announced that America would send a man to the moon the job fell to a group of maverick engineers who, until that moment, were the outcasts of the American scientific establishment. Thrust into the limelight and lacking a road map for accomplishing the President’s mandate, this group developed an unorthodox, imaginative process called “blue-skying.” They turned to inspirations such as Buck Rogers’ comic books, stories from Greek mythology, Louis Leakey’s writings on paleontology and fictional and historical characters such as Snoopy, the Red Baron. Galileo, and Icarus.

The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the encounters between NASA’s Apollo engineers and these characters and the imaginative leaps that were taken to get to the moon. A story about the intersection of creativity and science, The Blue-Sky Boys is a comedy/drama in two acts with an all-male cast. It was originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology project.

Commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science and Technology project. Recipient of the Galileo Prize.

Productions: Barter Theatre, Abington, VA, 2010.

Awards: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s PLAYFEST; 1st place winner, Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of New Plays.