Local theater group Tea and Cordite are performing the brand-new stage play, The Funkytastical Space Mystery, at the Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Hall (415 North Pine Street), October 3rd through the 14th. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m on Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
The year is 2277. The Galaxy is split by war between the Boogie Republic and the New Age Collective Alliance of Planets. The crew of the FSCS Funkalator, just back from patrolling the Galactic Demilitarized Zone, picks up a highly experimental groove booster and a newly certified Inquisitor, and sets out on a mission of peace into the heart of space. Then the groove booster is sabotaged and the first officer is murdered, and the crew is forced to question what they thought they knew about themselves and each other.
“The script came about as a result of a late-night dance, too much soda, a stair-chair, and summer boredom,” says the writer and director, Sloane Morton. “We decided to put together our own show. We hadn’t decided what the show would be, though, except that I might as well write it, so it came from the first three ideas we had, mashed together by the line: “Funk factor five!” We had a title by the time we left. I started writing two days later.”
It’s a wild ride, inspired by funk music, classic sci-fi, and closed-room murder mysteries, jam-packed with references and groovy lingo, pulsing to the beat of an original soundtrack, and set in a bizarre world of light speed, lemmings, and lysergic acid.
The show features Ezra Abernathy, Mia Belluomini, Isaac Biggs, Paige Cartzdafner, Sydnie Crumrine, Jake Lawson, Gaibrial Morton, Rumi Petersen, and Gyana Roberts.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up. There’s some swearing and substance abuse. Two-hour runtime with one 10-minute intermission. General admission is $10.
Tea and Cordite is a group of young artists, working to bring strange and wonderful films and plays to life. The Funkytastical Space Mystery is their first play. They recently finished making The Kommissar, a short film about coffee, philosophy, and nuclear war, for Nevada County Television’s Thru The Lens film festival. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-890-4333 for ticket reservations or more information. Check out their website at teacordite.blogspot.com.
Content and photos submitted by Sloane Morton