“Now I trust you’ve had the opportunity to look at our vessels out on display…?”
– DECOY by Keith Walker
But what if one of these controversial treatments could save your life, or even make you immortal? You’d be able to live to see your children grow, graduate, get married, and have kids of their own (and hopefully in that order). You’d do whatever is possible right? What if the treatment meant losing your body and transporting your thoughts, ambitions, and emotions into another person, a vessel for your soul? Would you still do it? Remember your life is on the line. DECOY by Keith Walker,deals with all of these issues when a newly married couple confronts a crisis with a possible new medical breakthrough. The Groom is sick and he isn’t getting better. He’s given two options, go through another round of treatment that may not work, or try a new treatment, a treatment that takes everything you are and puts you into a new healthy body. The play explores the couple’s love for each other and a man dealing with his own morality.
Science fiction is huge right now, especially with the young adult audience. Book series like The Hunger Games and Divergent are experiencing a surplus of success as the overused trends of vampires, werewolves, and magic all die out. What is it that this new wave of genre has to offer us? Is it the promise of new technology? The need for change? Possibly. But what really grabs the attention of the readers and audience members of this new sci-fi craze is the fact that these characters are dealing with futuristic technology in a utopian setting, but are still dealing with the same human problems and issues we have today. These books, films, and plays allow us to face impossible situations and ask us, as audience members, what would we do? Perhaps this genre, more than any, helps us discover who we are, and what our moral limits may be.
At the end of each article, I plan on leaving the audience with a question. Tweet us with your answer (@rianttheatre), or leave a comment below, and you will be entered into a drawing to win two free tickets to the night of your choice of the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival!
This week’s question: What would you do if you were in the same situation as the married couple in DECOY? Would you give up your body and live in someone else’s?