After the Blast Theatre Production

AFTER THE BLAST by Zoe Kazan, directed by Dr. Dana Smith, Professor of Theatre

THE STORY: Generations ago, humans retreated deep underground after environmental disasters and nuclear war. Nature is now simulated through brain-implanted chips, and fertility is regulated to keep the surviving population in balance. Anna and Oliver want to have a baby, and their options are running out. To lift Anna’s spirits, Oliver brings a Helper robot into their home, and Anna finds the Helper to be more human than she ever expected.

THE REVIEWS: “[Kazan has] created a slyly detailed alternate universe that is both an extrapolation of the world we know today and its own consistent entity.” —NY Times.  “…an intriguing, engaging, and laugh-laced philosophical discourse with heart…” —Huffington Post. “[Kazan is] a playwright…of uncommon talent…[AFTER THE BLAST] pulls off the bedazzling feat of taking a hyper-politicized topic and using it as the occasion for a taut, sermon-free drama whose true subject is the inability of men and women to see each other plain…The true star of AFTER THE BLAST…is its creator. Kazan has emerged as a writer of real individuality.” —Wall Street Journal.

CONTENT: Appropriate for children 13 years and older. This production will include discussion of death, destruction, apocalyptic events, depression, suicide ideation, ableist comments, and forced termination of a pregnancy.

Tickets can be purchased at for this streamed performance. Cost is $6 plus $2 ticket fee.
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