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CPU (A post-apocalyptic electronic opera for the end of the world, in one act)
‘Imagine the prison of repetition
A pitch-perfect perpetual misery
Awaiting each player ignition
Is a blanket of unusable memory’
A ten song cycle for 1 actor, 25 iPads (in a circle surrounding the performer), 3 musicians and the last days on Earth.
Guy meets girl. Girl falls for guy. Guy falls for girl.
Guy brings girl into a cyber/eco terrorist organization.
Together, they develop a virus that ends the planet, killing off all life on Earth.
They survive, trapped in a bunker. Girl is in a coma, infected with her own viral creation.
As guy works (tirelessly) to keep her alive, he is without food, without sleep, without rest.
[There is no hope. There is no rescue mission. There is nothing that can be salvaged. There is no future.]
Our story begins with a bright, loud explosion as the global power grid fails.
Guy is forced to manually maintain her brain function through repetitive tasks:
setting and resetting 25 independently timed video alarm clocks on light-emitting tablets.
As time goes on, the alarms become more difficult to retrigger, and his exhaustion begins to take over.
[If he misses an alarm reset, the alarm is disabled and it emits a tone that cannot be turned off.]
[If all 25 alarms are allowed to misfire, the opera immediately ends, regardless of the progress remaining.]