MAROONED! A Space Comedy

Alex and Olmsted (Maryland, USA)

Sunday, Sept. 15, 4pm

Recommended for ages 8 and up
60 minutes, no intermission

*ASL interpreted

School Performances Thursday, Sept 12, 9am and 2pm, Latchis Theatre

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MAROONED! A Space Comedy is an innovative sci-fi puppet show, featuring music from the Voyager Golden Record, that takes place at the outer reaches of space. An astronaut crashes on an uncharted planet. Will she be able to survive strange creatures, anomalous atmosphere, and isolation in order to find her way home? See for yourself… in MAROONED!

Testimonials / Awards

“★★★★★ …amusing, charming, delightful and, at times, utterly and completely astonishing.”

– Lorraine Treanor, DC Theater Scene (April 29, 2019)

“What’s in a name? That which we call Alex and Olmsted would by any name or names be full of innovation, emotion, and wry commentary on contemporary conventions….

…The magnetism of the performers, the deliberately slow-paced action, the array of media and the required attention to interpret the story were so mesmerizing… It is extraordinarily engaging to immerse into this performance collage, which, despite feeling deeply familiar, is packed with startling surprises….”

– Cybele Pomeroy, DC Metro Theater Arts (May 7, 2022)

“See this wholesome and utterly mesmerizing show! Alex and Olmsted are leaders in their field for a reason. They are the mark all other puppetry is trying to achieve.”

– Baltimore Independent Theater Review (May 3, 2019)

About the Company

Alex and Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas) is an internationally acclaimed puppet theater and filmmaking company based in Maryland, USA. They have toured at festivals in Italy, Denmark, South Korea, and Canada, and have performed at numerous venues within the United States. Alex and Olmsted was awarded the 2020 State Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, the highest honor for performing artists in the State of Maryland; their works have been supported by the Jim Henson Foundation and Greenbelt Community Foundation, recognized by the New York Times, and named an official selection of the Maryland Film Festival, Paris Art Film, and others. Alex and Olmsted is a resident company at Baltimore Theatre Project. Vernon and Thomas are also proud company members of Happenstance Theater with whom they have created 11 productions since 2012.


Written, Directed, and Performed by Alex and Olmsted (Alex Vernon and Sarah Olmsted Thomas)
The Great Cosmic Space Peanut is played by Sylvia Vernon

Voyager Golden Record: Tchakrulo by the Georgian S.S.R. Chorus
Labyrinth by Stefano Mastronardi
Début Impromptu by Kishi Bashi
Voyager Golden Record: Cranes in Their Nest by Goro Yamaguchi
Voyager Golden Record: Chinese Flowering Streams by Kuan P’ing Hu
Misty Mountain by Tilman Sillescu
Voyager Golden Record: Muğam by Kamil Jalilov
Space Disco by Stefano Mastronardi
Voyager Golden Record: String Quartet 13 in B flat, Op. 130, by Beethoven
Surgery by Kishi Bashi
Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It! by Kishi Bashi

Music: The Voyager Golden Record, chaired by Carl Sagan. In 1977, “NASA placed a… message aboard Voyager 1 and 2, a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record, a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.” – NASA

Film: Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902) and other films by Georges Méliès (1888–1923), 2001: A Space Odyssey

Puppetry: Hansjürgen Fettig, Jim Kroupa

Science: Carl Sagan, Ada Lovelace, Sally Ride, Neil deGrasse Tyson

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