The Far Side of the Moon Is Closer Than You Think
It’s 2085. An old woman spins stories of her youth —riotous friendships, intense sex, deep love, and self-discovery — against a backdrop of school-walkouts, mass demonstrations, monkey-wrenching, and horse-trading to shape policy. Always a sidekick, never a leader, her experience — like that of most people involved with social change — is exhausting, eye-opening, outrageous, and, mostly— a blast. Her friends and lovers are, of course, the heroic people who save the world. This piece is inspired by report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which asserts that 2019-2031 are the crucial 12 years in which we can combat devastating climate catastrophe. Performed at Solo Sundays at StageWerx in April 2019, next up: Monday Night Marsh at The Marsh San Francisco, December 16 & December 30, 2019. Happy New Year!!!
Mother and daughter stand, staring at the moon over Bernal Hill. Wanna-be astronaut, Cilia is so entranced, she barely notices when her mother nudges a crisp $20 into her fist.
“You’re fourteen years old, “ Mom says. “You’re on your own. ”
Car door slams, motor revs, mother gone.
Peering at that waning crescent, Cilia makes a solemn vow. “Mom, I promise you, the next person I see, I’m gonna bang.”