A Strange Disappearance of Bees

A Strange Disappearance of Bees

Author: Elena Hartwell

Description: Five characters search for identity while bees disappear all around them.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2010
Date Added: 10/27/2011
Content Advisory: Appropriate for children over 14
Keywords: Drama · Families · Grief and Mourning · Romance · Single Set · Tearjerker · War
2 Acts, 120 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males
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NOTE: A Strange Disappearance of Bees is fully protected by copyright law and is subject to royalty. All inquiries concerning production, publication, reprinting or use of this play in any form should be addressed to elenahartwell@gmail.com.

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From the Author:

I first learned about Colony Collapse Disorder at a time when my own life had started to fragment. In the space of a few years I lost my job, my confidence, my significant other, my house, and my longtime canine companion. I began to think about the parallels between human experiences and all the possible causes of CCD. The disappearance of millions of honey bees has been attributed to pesticides, cell phone interference, mites, an HIV-like virus, and the large--and less nutritious--mono-crops of big agro-businesses. It struck me that sometimes people disappear too. Cancers from chemicals, isolation through technology, a disconnect from community. Out of those ideas came this play. As my own life got back on track, a new love, four new animals, a new home, a re-imagined career, the drafts became more hopeful at the end. This play, to me, is art representing life and life representing art.

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Original Production Information

A Strange Disappearance of Bees was first presented in 2010 by the Detroit Repertory Theatre with the following cast and credits:

Beekeeper: Milfordean Luster
Lissa: Kelly Komlen
Callum: Stephen Blackwell
Robert: Scott V. Norman
Cashman: Dexter T. Mays

Artistic Director: Bruce E. Millan
Director: Hank Bennett
Stage Manager: Seth Amadei
Set Design: Harry Wetzel
Light Design: Thomas Schraeder
Costume Design: Judy Dery
Sound Design: Burr Huntington