Director Kristen Couryuses the five actors (who play a variety of roles) to stage a swirling dance of fact, belief, myth and a surprising amount of thoughtful philosophical debate. Giant file cabinets soar to the ceiling while a clear blue sky sits on the horizon. Christopher Rhoton’s set and Jimmy Lawlor’s evocative lighting creates both infinite possibilities and a yawning divide between the debate participants.
The practically brand-new play, in just its fourth-ever production, juggles several issues. Coury’s staging highlights different perspectives while maintaining some levity. Laufer’s script plays out like a fairy tale (literally beginning with “once upon a time”), contrasting Jillian’s absolute faith in the advances ofmedical technology against the tribe’s beliefs.