In space, no one can hear your mix tape!

MiXED TAPE by Tyler Burrus,    Creative Commons

MiXED TAPE by Tyler Burrus, Creative Commons

 There is intelligent life on other planets. Unfortunately, the aliens also have intelligent taste in music.

On February 14th, 2020, Earthlings receive a warning that pop radio is polluting the galaxy, and if it isn’t shut down, Earth will be blown to smithereens. Beth Kane and her buddy Ryan are music snobs who want to live. Even though they think the aliens kinda have a point, they become activists and organize an anti-pop protest to save the Earth. Their campaign ends in failure. The government is concerned the alien signal might be a hoax so they decide to let the radio waves keep on flowing, just in case. Ryan decides to focus on crossing items off his bucket list while Kane comes up with a desperate plan to save her own skin. When the aliens’ final deadline comes Kane steals a spaceship to survive the big blast. Fortunately for Kane, the ship includes Bobby, a needy juvenile AI programmed to help people. Together, they embark on a voyage through the galaxy to seek out fellow survivors and start a new life.

 

No One Receiving is a dramedy for the climate crisis, about burning out, giving up, and keeping on, even when it’s game over. When protest fails to prevent the Great Destruction, Beth Kane puts on a brave face and sends out messages in search of survivors. When things feel hopeless, the unusual friendship between Kane and her computer Bobby keeps them both afloat.

Production still from the play “No One Receiving” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2014, by photographer  Guntar Kravis

Production still from the play “No One Receiving” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2014, by photographer Guntar Kravis

From stageplay to podcast

Maggie first wrote and performed “No One Receiving” as a play directed by her longtime collaborator Stephanie Markowitz, with visual animations and sounds by Roxanne Luchak, and the prolific singer songwriter John Southworth in the role of Bobby. The show was written in 2013 and ran in February 2014 at the 35th annual Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. At that time, Maggie was working on an environmental campaign, and the play was a humorous way to discuss the hopeless feelings that nip at your heels when doing that type of work. Her goal was to help her fellow campaigners laugh at the pervasive sense of impending doom endemic to the NGO community. Episodes One and Two of season one of the Podcast are based on the original play. Episode Three, “Justified True Beliebers” was inspired by a story concept by Hank Thundercat Hellion, who riffed on the pop music problem over post-show drinks with the team during the 2014 run. Pony Golden is also inspired by an outfit Hank wore out on the town one night in Toronto.

Amy Fung  in the studio voicing the Immortal Sentient Plant (Season One, Episode 5)

Amy Fung in the studio voicing the Immortal Sentient Plant (Season One, Episode 5)