In the middle of his over-scheduled 12-year-old life, Simon Ives dreams of a place where he can just stop and think. Meanwhile, at the farthest point of the universe, The Boy at the Edge of Everything lives by himself, lonely and bored. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving “lots and lots of fireworks”), their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Follow Simon on an epic adventure through space and time in this quirky and charming play.
“How can you make a friend from another galaxy? This surprising and thoughtful world premiere is an important reminder about making time and space to let imagination and individuality grow. Written by a rising young, internationally recognized playwright, this story will stay with young people long after they leave the theatre.” – SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell
Eve Alvord Theatre
For Ages 8+
This production has past.
“charming, poetic, and slyly subversive”
Age Recommendation: For Ages 8+
Appeal for Younger Ages: Adventurous journey about friendship and imagination
Appeal for Older Ages: Shifting timelines and sophisticated perspectives
Discussion Topics: Space Travel, Perspective, Friendship, Imagination
Running Time: 1:15 with no intermission
Cast and Design Team
The cast includes Quinn Armstrong, Ben Burris, Trick Danneker, Carol Roscoe and Evan Whitfield. The production features Scenic Design by Carey Wong, Costume Design by Nanette Acosta, Lighting Design by Andrew Smith, and Sound Design by SCT resident designer Chris R. Walker. Understudies include Ben Burris, Tim Gouran and Tracy Hyland.
What if you could escape the chaos of a busy, scheduled life to the quiet of Nothing? After his teacher mentions the universe is growing, Simon Ives becomes obsessed with the idea of discovering this Edge - the place between nothing and everything, where he can just be. Simon dreams of going to a place where no one needs him to do anything.
Meanwhile, at the Edge of Everything is a boy who longs for someone to need him to do something. He’s filling his time and space with things like galaxy-spanning train sets and ten-million-piece-puzzles. He seems to have done everything, and even redoes everything, but longs for company.
On Earth, Simon’s well-meaning parents build a mock space capsule from an old meditation tank to simulate the adventure Simon seems to crave. Rather than being backyard fun, however, the space capsule actually lifts off, fueled by the accidental igniting of an extraordinary amount of fireworks. The explosion launches Simon deep into space. There, far from planet Earth, Simon and the Boy at the Edge Everything meet and compare their very different lives. What will happen from here, neither knows.